Obama PEZ; Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

A new exhibition at London’s Halcyon Gallery sees Mauro Perucchetti reimagine the US head of state as a PEZ dispenser, while Franz Xaver Messerschmidt personal sculptures are part of New York’s Neue Galerie’s retrospective of his work…

This 183cm tall, totemic artwork featuring a bust of Barack Obama sat atop a bright red PEZ sweet dispenser is one of 20 new works by Mauro Perucchetti currently showing at London’s Halcyon Gallery.

The name of the piece, Feeding the 5000, hints at the ridiculous expectations for Obama to perform presidential miracles, while its form aligns the American presidency with disposable culture. You don’t like the Obama brand? Choose another one…



In 1777, suffering from psychological problems, Austrian sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt began to make a series of ‘character heads’ based on a range of his own facial expressions. He would sit with a mirror, contort his face and render it in great detail, producing over 60 heads before his death at the age of 47. Shown here is The Yawner. Franz Xaver Messerschmidt 1736–1783: From Neoclassicism to Expressionism is on at the Neue Galerie in New York until January 10. The show then travels to the Louvre in Paris, January 26–April 25. 


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