Nouveau musée national de Monaco


George Condo, Yankee Doodle, 2003. Oil on canvas, 152,4 x 127 cm, Private. © 2023 George Condo / Artists Rights Society(ARS), New York.

What is special about humanoids, is that these human-like robots challenge us as much as they reflect us. A little like the portraits of George Condo, who writes, “The humanoid is not a monster of science fiction, it is a form of representation that uses traditional means to bring a person’s inner emotions up to the surface.” As a student, the American artist worked in Andy Warhol’s Factory, and he became friends with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. He has drawn inspiration from the history of art and artists such as Rembrandt, Velasquez and Manet, and also from the world of cartoons, clowns and grotesque figures. His paintings, which are influenced by cubism, aim to represent the human psyche to the point that his work has been described as “psychological cubism”. This eight-part exhibition takes visitors from the extraordinary to a who’s who of popular culture, from Guido Reni to Bugs Bunny.

From 31 March to 1st October
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