"MoMA moment: Retrospective Bust of a Woman" Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Tip by Tijavi


One of the more interesting pieces in MoMA, not just for the artist behind it, but also for the side stories about it - like Picasso's dog eating the original bread (yes, a baguette!), on the head of the sculpture.

Yes, a loaf of bread adorns the head of this sculpture, of a woman. Other "edible" parts are the two ears of corn on her shoulder and the ants (that is if you like eating ants) crawling through her forehead seemingly after the crumbs of bread. The sculpture is said to depict women as objects, not just for visual "admiration/stimulation" but also for consumption (hence, the edible parts, and the phallic-shaped bread).

Whether this was Dali's way of criticizing the fetishness that characterized Surrealist sculptures (according to Dali), or his audition piece for joining the Surrealist fray, remains a mystery.

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  • Updated Dec 16, 2011
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