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© John M. Armleder/Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich<br/>    Picture: Jens Bruchhaus, Munich<br />

John M. Armleder

Born 1948 in Geneva, Switzerland
Lives and works in Geneva and New York

Popoxcomitl, 2006

Gold mosaic on chipboard
100 x 100 cm

Swiss artist, John M. Armleder, is considered to be one of today's most influential conceptual artists. With his multifaceted form and stylistic vocabulary, art and the utopias of the 20th century become the topic itself. In his sculptures, paintings, installations, happenings and video works, he alludes to the central ideas of the modernist movement, grapples with the traditional heritage of recent art history and the concept of art as such, and quotes, questions, exposes – always with irony and humour.

In "Popoxcomitl", Armleder hints at the complex iconographic connotations of gold. The meaning of gold as a symbol of light, the sun, the magical, the divine, the everlasting, but also poverty, oppression, power and greed. The work's title alludes to pre-Hispanic culture in ancient Mexico, which met its downfall through gold.

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