The Reina Sofía National Art Museum presents the largest retrospective to date of the American artist, spanning five decades of her work covering subject matter such as violence, power, gender politics and female sexuality.
Applebroog’s work is characterised by feminist activism, the diversity of materials that she uses and her approach to the object as a performative element. The exhibition starts in 1969 when she was admitted to hospital following a nervous breakdown. Her treatment brought about a period of introspection that helped her shape her true identity. It is precisely the set of ink, watercolour and pencil drawings she made during her rehabilitation therapy that are the point of departure of this retrospective. Also on show are her first abstract sculptures, her series of artist’s books published in the 1970s and her large format work on paper and canvas that would become large installations and that form part of her production from the 1980s.
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