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Mann und Maus

Photo: Susan Cole

Mann und Maus

1991-92

Katharina Fritsch

German, born 1956

A gigantic mouse sits on the chest of a sleeping man, in what is either a funhouse dream or a manic nightmare. In Mann und Maus and other works, the artist, Katharina Fritch, manipulates scale to create a sense of unreality that wavers between benevolent and menacing.
Polyester resin and paint
90 1/2 x 51 1/2 x 94 1/2 in. (229.9 x 130.8 x 240cm)
Gift of the Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
2007.118
Provenance: The artist to Virginia and Bagley Wright 1993; Gifted to Seattle Art Museum 2007
Photo: Susan Cole
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Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum

Resources

Exhibition HistorySan Francisco, California, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Katharina Fritsch, Oct. 24, 1996 - Mar. 9, 1997.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection of Modern Art, Mar. 4, 1999 - May 5, 1999.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, International Abstraction: Making Painting Real, May 2, 2003 - Feb. 29, 2004.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Contemporary Art from SAM Collection, Mar. 8, 2014 - Aug. 17, 2014.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Material Difference: German Perspectives, Mar. 1, 2019 - Apr. 26, 2020.

Published ReferencesFairbrother, Trevor, "The Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection of Modern Art", 1999, Seattle: University of Washington Press, p. 68-69, 179

"Katharina Fritsch," Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Kunstsammlung. 2005.

Ishikawa, Chiyo, ed. "A Community of Collectors: 75th Anniversary Gifts to the Seattle Art Museum." Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 2007, illus. p. 111, back cover

Ishikawa, Chiyo et al. "Seattle Art Museum Downtown." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 2007, illus. pp. 36, 58, 69

Farr, Sheila. "SAM's Expanding Universe." The Seattle Times. 29 April 2007.

Upchurch, Michael. "Seattle Art Museum acquires major artworks: The Wright Collection," on the Arts Page of the Seattle Times, http://blogs.seatltetimes.com/artspage/2014/10/02/seattle-art-museum-acquires-major-artworks-the-wright-collection/, illus.






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