Painted plastic with collage, metal, and found objects
diameter, 39in (99.1cm)
height, including dome, 19in (48.3cm)
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
Opera by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, based on a play by Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz. Produced by Opéra National de Lyon, France, 1983.
Koltai enlarged and fragmented body parts to convey wartime brutality against women, a theme central to Bernd Alois Zimmerman's opera. Although based on an 18th-century play, Koltai updated the context. The area above the breasts functioned as a screen for projections. These included Whaam!, Roy Lichtenstein's comic-book inspired painting of fighter planes made in 1963 as the Vietnam War escalated.
An Eye for the Stage; William J. Chiego, Jody Blake (American, b.1953); 2004; p. 74
Theatre Design & Technology; Winter 2014; p. 33-34
Ralph Koltai (British, b.1924, d.2018)