The exhibition draws upon the museum’s own collection to address the memento mori, a symbol of vanitas, in the work of Andy Warhol and Douglas Gordon. When considered in art-historical retrospective, it appears most frequently as a still-life motif representing the transience of symbolic objects such as rotting fruit or skulls. Gordon’s video installations 24 Hour Psycho Back and Forth and To and Fro and Looking down with his black, black, ‘ee, both 2008, provide a conceptual starting point for this thematic approach to the exhibition.
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