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Conchita Wurst on the crescent moon

Gerhard Goder2014

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

This nearly life-size sculpture depicts a person with long, wavy, black hair and a dark beard. A golden crown adorns the head. Apart from these fittings, the rest of the statue retains the colour of the light wood of the Swiss pine, a material traditionally favoured for making carvings of saints in the Alpine regions. Part of the design is a richly-folded, close-fitting foot-length gown.

This is a depiction of the fictional character Conchita Wurst, a persona adopted by drag artist Thomas Neuwirth to win the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. She is standing on a silver crescent, holding a gold microphone stand in her right hand. The suggestion of a step being taken with the left foot with her hand resting on her thigh gives the statue a sense of movement. The crescent is in the centre on an arched pedestal in the form of an irregular octagon, the sides of which are also painted gold. The motif of a female figure on a crescent moon is reminiscent of the Madonna depictions typical forthe Middle Ages.

Details

  • Title: Conchita Wurst on the crescent moon
  • Creator: Gerhard Goder
  • Date: 2014
  • Location: Berlin
  • Physical Dimensions: w100 x h165 x d60 cm
  • Type: Object
  • Medium: Zirbelkiefer, stabverleimt, geschnitzt, teilgefasst
  • Inv.-No.: N (31 L) 326/2014
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-018719
  • External Link: Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Text: © Koehler & Amelang Verlag in der Seemann Henschel GmbH & Co. KG / Museum Euopäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / und die Autoren Photo: © Museum Euopäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Ute Franz-Scarciglia

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