Michael Sailstorfer's masks made of aluminum, bronze, gold, or iron are characterized by reduced stylistic features. Because of their primitive seeming expression they recall on the one hand the cult masks of primitive people and on the other hand, the objects reveal the process of their contemporary production. Sailstorfer's sculptures play with the symbolism of the earliest masks, such as the exorcism of spirits, protection from demons or the ancestor cult. Seen in art history, the sculptures refer to masks of Oceanic and African Art and are as well connected to the Primitivism in the Classical Modern. However, they also reflect a post-apocalyptic aesthetic as the masks resemble robots which could have been made from recycled metal.
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Founded in Paris in 1990 by Emmanuel Perrotin, then 21 years old, the gallery has become one of the most