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Tobias Schalken

His unexpected return, 2002

His unexpected return by Tobias Schalken (1972) belongs to a triptych of which Museum MORE owns two parts. At first glance, it looks like a peaceful scene, a girl in a white dress, asleep with her head on a lectern. Yet there is something about her that is not right: if you take a close look, you ca ... n see that her left arm turns out to be that of a man! Schalken lures the viewer into the seemingly charming scene and then frightens us with a deceptively real, muscular, hairy man’s arm. Confusion and disgust abound. Schalken followed the Sculpture /Monumental curriculum at St. Joost Academy in Breda. He does not limit himself to one art form and expresses himself aside from sculptures, in installations, comic strips, drawings and paintings. He is a contemporary artist who uses a variety of media without making a distinction between ‘high art’ and ‘low art.’ He achieved international success with his comic strips. Together with his father Alex Schalken (1943), also an artist, he has exhibited in the Jan Cunen Museum in Oss and at Pictura Dordrecht.
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Tobias Schalken
His unexpected return
Mixed media
88 x 75 cm (h x w)
Type of object
© Tobias Schalken

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