Heh! Now here’s an interesting story – what if you’re an artist and you decide your work has no value other than its material cost? I started reading up on Charlotte Posenenske this morning after falling madly, deeply in love with her Prototype Series B Relief that I saw at the Serralves museum in Porto this summer. If Posenenske were alive today I’d defnitely tell her a girl needs to make a living – but she wouldn’t have anything of it apparently. In fact, she didn’t even mind if people made replica’s of her work. After all, if these replica’s are outwardly identical, don’t they convey the same message? Makes sense to me! Sadly, Charlotte Posenenske stopped working as an artist in the late Sixties, convinced that art could no longer make a difference.
As you can see here, the Serralves has added a particularly cool extra layer to the work of Posenenske by turning it into a very popular little piece of performance art every half hour or so. If you want to catch it, you have to hurry I’m afraid – Prototype Series B Relief can be seen until September 21, 2014 at the Serralves in Porto. I wonder what will happen to it afterwards? In any case, the Serralves is well worth checking out if you’re in Porto – I’m definitely going back soon!
PS: In case you’re wondering, that’s me in the third picture – I noticed that a lot of visitors loved taking pictures of their reflection and decided I’d have a go myself.