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MAGALI REUS AT STEDELIJK MUSEUM

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The Stedelijk, Amsterdam is hosting the first museum solo exhibition of the artist Magali Reus, on view until November 27. Reus works with the materiality and physical interaction between objects. In her sculptures, through the methods of obsessive layering and repetition, objects are stripped of their use value and translated into abstracted, alienated forms. In the new series of sculptures especially produced for the exhibition at the Stedelijk, Reus confounds our expectations of objects predicated on a deeply-rooted relationship with the body, this time both human and animal. She has used complex textile and leatherworking processes like laser engraving and embossing to create sculptural forms that, while not directly referencing a specific familiar object, nonetheless evoke associations with saddles, blankets and engines. An element of “camp” or the grotesque is present in the inflation of the (animal) forms that possess a powerful physicality and simultaneously, through their exaggeration, display an astonishing theatrical presence. About her latest series, Magali Reus remarks: “With the new works, I wanted to convey something untameable. The objects have an animalistic sensibility, which is in part due to their hulking size but also their surface referral to skins, pouches and bones. Architecture also features prominently in the show: Reus has designed a spatial installation with walls that integrates a second group of works, which have been freely arranged around the space.

Mustard by Magali Reus
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Through November 27

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