Saturday, February 13, 2016

Day #4 - Art for Lent: "La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour)" by Maurizio Cattelan #Lent2016

By Aaron Rosen
"La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour), 1999 by Maurizio Cattelan | Italy; Sculpture, polyester resin, painted wax, human hair, fabric, clothing, accessories, stone, and carpet, dimensions variable
Anda Rottenberg, the curator forced to resign over displaying this work in Warsaw's Zacheta National Gallery, said of the work: 'People didnt know what to feel when they saw it. It is super-realistic and human-six, and the pope is lying on the floor very much alone and abandoned. He is a human being; it is an egalitariam monument.' In the Gospel's, Jesus calls out at the ninth hour, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34) [page 13]

Lent is the annual Christian preparation for Easter. "Today's Art for Lent2016" features artworks that illustrate the Christian "Battle between Carnival and Lent."
"Untitled" (2009) by Maurizio CattelanA; Taxidermized horse, glass, wood / Cheval naturalisé, verre, bois 5,2 x 6.6 x 6.2 feet / Edition of 3+2AP (Installation at the Tate Modern in London)
INRI is an acronym of the Latin inscription « Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudæorum », (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum), which translates to English as "Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews". It is also a recurring symbol in art history. But what does this symbol mean on a dead horse? Maurizio leaves us with a multifaceted interpretation, depending exclusively on the viewer's subjectivity. [link]