ARTS & CULTURE
07/13/2010 08:34 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Edward and Nancy Kienholz' 'The Hoerengracht'

WHO: Edward and Nancy Kienholz

WHAT: The Hoerengracht

WHEN: March 20-August 29, 2010

WHERE: Amsterdam Historical Museum
Kalverstraat 92
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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The Hoerengracht (1983-88), by renowned American artists Edward and Nancy Kienholz, is a gigantic and impressive installation that visitors can walk through--some 40 feet long, 12 feet deep and 9 feet high--depicting an imaginary scene based on the reality of the brothels in the Wallen (the Dutch name for the Red Light District, and Amsterdam's old medieval center). The piece confronts viewers with images of sex workers with glass boxes over their heads displayed behind windows, forcing passers by to ask themselves: Who are these women? and What do I think about Amsterdam's window prostitutes? Amsterdam Historical Museum will also present concurrently an exhibition examining recent changes in the Red Light District, and in particular the role artists and designers have played in the latest developments in the area.

(Source: Amsterdam Historical Museum)

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