Casserole with With Kinder Überraschung

2017, chocolate, plastic, metal, resin;
35 x 27 cm

Casserole with Kinder Surprise is a sculpture by Vikenti Komitski, homage to a work by Marcel Broodthaers from 1964. The sculpture by Broodthaers consists of a casserole, owned by his family, artificially overfilled with mussels: the trade mark element of Belgium’s cuisine. The work was seen as a mockery of the belgiumness. For Komitski, as for others from his generation who grew up in the Former East Block countries, the Kinder surprise egg was an infamous rare commodity, sold in special stores for western goods, and appearing only during holidays, a valuable product from The West that somehow went through the Iron curtain, and in this sense, a representation of the different ideology in action there.

©Vikenti Komitski 2019