FRANKFURT – A Frankfurt art gallery curated an exhibition that blended weapons and military aesthetics with contemporary art.
“Under Arms: Fire & Forget 2” looks at the fascination weapons hold for us as both symbols of power and death and the way they have shaped contemporary art, fashion, design, and culture.
“Bomber jackets by Helmut Lang, camouflage prints, perfume bottles and dildos in the form of a hand grenade, Afghan carpets with weapon motifs and designs by Philippe Starck,” are all promised in the press release.
Artist Kris Martin’s installation shows old World War II cartridges reshaped into flower vases while Belgian installation duo Robbert&Frank Frank&Robbert created a series of wooden gun reproductions that are reminiscent of children’s toys.
Interspersed among the contemporary artworks are designs by the likes of Walter van Beirendonck, Kanye West and Viktor&Rolf.
“Under Arms,” an expansion and companion to the Contemporary Art Berlin 2015 show “Fire & Forget: On Violence,” is to run from Sept. 10 to March 26, 2017 at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt.