Het kwaad is banaal

  • 1984
  • Marlene Dumas
  • oil on canvas
  • 125,2 x 105,5 x 2,4 cm
  • Location not on view.
  • Acquired in 1985
  • Inventory number 1456

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Marlene Dumas sees herself through the eyes of others. The originally South African Dumas raises the issue of oversimplifying the world: white is good and dark is bad? The title of her self-portrait ‘The Evil is Banal’ refers to a book by Hannah Arendt: how the ordinary man could commit terrible crimes in Nazi Germany. Dumas uses portraits to investigate identity and stereotyping, among other things.

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