Contemporary Art Week!
aseantoo submitted to medievalpoc:
Surrounding David (2008)
National Museum of Singapore
Titarubi is one of Indonesia’s most important feminist artists, and she’s regularly got in trouble with conservative authorities over her installations that interrogate representation of the human body.
When invited to create a work in the colonial building of the National Museum of Singapore, she built an 850-metre tall replica of Michelangelo’s David (twice as tall as the original) and covered it with pink brocade - the same material used in sarong kebaya, the traditional women’s costume of Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore.
This was a monumental work of art that playfully feminised the male form and Asianized the European tradition. It had loads of visiting schoolkids in giggles over the colossal pink dong - but they loved it, all the same.
* 850 centimetres, not metres
(850 metres is more than half a mile)
I’m really curious about how the brocade was put on the statue. I mean.. the level of detail… it’s just so… form fitting….