Beckmann’s Rope, 2020
Installation detail, Omer Fast - Abfahrt, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, 2020-2021
Video playing on mobile phone and original drawing
4:33 min, color, sound and drawings of variable dimensions
Edition 6 (+ 2 A.P.)
Beckmann’s Rope consists of a video playing on a mobile phone and one original drawing.The video departs from a triptych by Beckmann entitled Abfahrt, a modern allegory of a departure. Omer Fast interprets the third panel from this work to create a video installation that seems like an intrusion into the privacy of a couple’s heavily symbolic bodily dialogue.
Beckmann’s painting became the starting point of a daily drawing practice. The re-enactment process is recurrent in Omer Fast’s work as if the infinite repetition underlined a state of indeterminacy between the hope of something better and the anxiety of something worse.
Beckmann’s Rope was commissioned by the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich after their recent acquisition of Max Beckmann’s Self portrait from 1917.