Maria Lassnig Kantate
Lassnig tells us her life’s story, observing the complexities of male-female relationships and the experience of being both a woman and an artist.
Until recently, Maria Lassnig had been largely underrepresented, but her long-standing exploration of the body and self-representation have played an influential role in the development of painting in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her whimsical animated short Kantate was produced in 1992, when she was already 73 years old.
Lassnig interwove her signature animations with filmed self-portraits, in which she is clad in a variety of increasingly wild costumes, all the while clumsily singing and enacting verse after verse (14 in all!). A playful and agile absurdity, irresistible in its simplicity.