For their exhibition, Museum of Vanities, Jerry Frantz – the notorious inventor of absurd persons and projects – and Sali Muller – the sensitive analyst of habits of vision and perception – have created a series of works of art that fearlessly respond to the work of the other artist, entirely in the sense of a culture of dissent. On display are current works by the two Luxembourgian artists many of which were developed specifically for this exhibition. With reference to this year’s theme at the IKOB – resentment – Jerry Frantz and Sali Muller focus on such concepts as terrorism, nationalism, selfishness and, ultimately, finiteness.
The double meaning contained in the word “vanity” of fatuous self-love and evanescence is first manifest the installations of Jerry Frantz. Shining surfaces are recurrent vehicles for him to unmask vain nonsense. Also, he uses the ready-made aspect of his artworks in order tell his story, as goes for example for the exhibited air-to-air missile of the AIM-9 Sidewinder type from the ordnance of the Luxembourg Armed Forces.
Sali Muller constitutes the psychological counterpart in this double exhibition with works that stimulate reflection and, quite significantly, consist of mirrors which for the most part do not reflect images and have been treated by the artist in various ways – whether by removing layers with sandpaper or applying layers of silicon, as with her work Crystal Clear from 2017.