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The work of Joep van Lieshout and his collective Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) embraces a wide range of moods: aggressive, humorous, sensual and hard. But rarely has he made a work as unnerving as this large sculpture in which sacks hang from a tree and others lie on the ground. Their contents are unclear but they harbour no good. Inadvertently, the work evokes Billie Holiday’s harrowing song 'Strange Fruit' about the lynching of black people in the southern states of America.

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Title Tree & Bags
Material and technique Polyurethane
Object type
Installation > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 405 cm
Width 510 cm
Depth 550 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Atelier Van Lieshout
Accession number BEK 1866 a-j (MK)
Credits Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with support of: BankGiro Loterij 2011
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2011
Age artist About 13 years old
Internal exhibitions Futuro, utopie in constructie (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Research Digitising Contemporary Art, City Collection

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Atelier Van Lieshout

Rotterdam 1995

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