My sculpture “The thinker” is currently placed on the Apollolaan in Amsterdam as part of the #artzuid exhibition.
I would love to know if you have any cool locations or cities in mind where we should place a monumental sculpture?
Then we can start working on this 🙏🏼
The concept behind this sculpture started back in 2013, I was reading up about the influence of consumerism and pop culture on art.
Consumerism is the idea that increasing the consumption of goods and services purchased in the market is always a desirable goal and that a person's wellbeing and happiness depend fundamentally on obtaining consumer goods and material possessions.
With this sculpture I wanted to use the baby as a metaphor for purity and the icecream as a symbol for consumption and material possessions.
When a human being is born it is in it’s purest state of being.
Once it’s starts growing up it build cravings and needs.. starting with a simple icecream as a kid.. but rapidly growing to more expensive desires of material “wealth”
"Keeping up with the joneses” as they say in the United states 🇺🇸 is a concept that one wants to compete with one’s neighbors when it comes to material possessions.
My sculpture expresses these topics and also serves as a mirror for self reflection on these topics.
What is your opinion on this?
Everyone likes a little game right..?
So here is a fun one, the person that can guess which of my sculptures is under this cloth gets a special signed poster from my collection.
(Obviously if multiple people have the same answer, two people will be chosen)
I will show the back side of this picture and reveal what sculpture it is this Friday at 6pm gmt+1
So many people ask me about my story and inspiration that lead to the creation of this large sculpture in Amsterdam.. 💭
here is the story:
“For The Most Beautiful One” stems from an inner journey the artist made into his youth memories, tracing the origins of his artistic inspiration.
Klibansky wants to communicate the importance of diversification in society, something he grew up with in his own household.
Joseph Klibansky was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1984, from a South African father and a Dutch mother.
His childhood has always been filled up with valued artifacts from all over the world: Greek and Roman sculptures mixed with African masks, wood carvings and relics, as well as contemporary art pieces — which have heavily influenced his style and composition.
In the larger-than-life sculpture titled “For The Most Beautiful One” all these inspirations meet. Inspired by the myth of Aphrodite and the Judgement of Paris, the sculpture references a traditional female torso from the Greek era on a colossal scale.
In the myth, Paris determines Aphrodite as the most beautiful of all the goddesses on Mount Olympia, giving her the golden apple. Klibansky’s intentional use of gold is a clear reference to the apple given to the most beautiful one, Aphrodite.
Nevertheless, Klibansky’s artwork epitomises his link and fascination with African culture by introducing a mask freely inspired by the wooden elephant masks produced by the Bwa and Bobo peoples, native of Burkina Faso. The wooden masks were worn during religious rituals thought to manifest certain blessings by “the gods”
By moulding together classic and African tradition, the artist achieves to create a new narrative where visual languages from different cultures have equal importance.
We are experimenting with something really exciting.. and I think many people will be happy with this development .. as you have been asking me for years to make something more “affordable”. So that’s what we are doing.. but in full klibansky tradition, everything will be made in my studio and by hand !🤚🏻