After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution, 2010-16

“In the series of the project After Four Rotations of A, B Will Make One Revolution (2009 ongoing) the artists started dealing with the context of post-socialist countries and the process and side effects of their ideological “melt down”. Their artistic approach was to transfer existing figurative sculptures from the socialist period into minimalist objects of the same material, weight, historical reference and name. This complex relationship raises the question of how to symbolize history in both types of sculpture, the original figurative one and the minimalist derivative. The process of melting metal is evocative of the end of a regime or ideology when sculptures that were its visual representation are destroyed and sold off for raw material. This ongoing project comprises a series of works that question the relation between history, monuments and representation [including] Karl Marx, Stasi Museum, Berlin, Vladimir Lenin, Stasi Museum, Berlin, Alexey Stakhanov, House of Culture, Moscow and Industry and Construction, Green Bridge, Vilnius.

The work from this series titled Josip Broz Tito that was produced within the big international project Invisible Violence in 2014. The artists made seven bronze cubical pieces whose material and weight referred to the series of seven bronze portraits of Josip Broz Tito by the Yugoslav sculptor Antun Augustinčić (1900-1979). The Belgrade based artist Dragan Srdić found these Augustinčić’s sculptures demolished in a scrap yard and used them in his installation that was first shown in the exhibition The Anatomy Lesson at the Belgrade Cultural Centre in 2000. By referring to Srdić’s work, Biscotti & van Braak point out the importance of artistic mediation and continuous rethinking on the issues of memory and identity which are negotiated by the work itself and the actual collaboration with a local artist.

While conducting research in Belgrade, the artists have gathered information for another work within this series titled The Star, which is based on the dimensions and weight of the five-pointed star removed on February 21st 1997 from the building of the Belgrade City Assembly. That year the opposition coalition “Zajedno” (Together) won the city government elections in Belgrade. The two-headed eagle symbol which was removed in 1947 was restored to the dome of the Assembly. The star is now in the collection of the Museum of Yugoslav History and the late Prime Minister Dr Zoran Đinđić brought it personally to the Museum at that time.”

Excerpt from the press release of the Museum of Contemporart Art Belgrade

Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution, 2010
Karl Marx, Stasi Museum, Berlin, bronze
Installation view, Platform A, Newcastle(UK) 123 x 123 x 135 mm, 18.2 kg. Edition 1 + 1 A/P
Vladimir Lenin, Stasi Museum, Berlin, bronze
113 x 113 x 147 mm, 16.7 kg
edition 1 + 1 A/P
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution, 2010-16
doing research at Lenin
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution, 2010-2016
Floor plan Samsa, Berlin (DE), installation 2010
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution, 2010-16 With Workers, Alexey Stakhanov, Marx and Lenin
Installation view, Platform A, Newcastle(UK)
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution, 2014
Industry and Construction, Green Bridge, Vilnius (Lithuania) - Workers
cast iron
twice 388 x 180 x 897 mm, 902 kg
edition 1 + 1 A/P
Installation view, Platform A, Newcastle(UK)
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution, 2010-2016
doing research at Workers at the Green Bridge, Vilnius
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution, 2014
Alexey Stakhanov, House of culture, Moscow
bronze
Two parts: 195 x 185 x 675 mm; 135 x 225 x 195 mm
256,9 kg
edition of 1 with 1 AP
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution, 2010-2016
Alexey Stakhanov, House of culture, Moscow
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution, 2014
Josip Broz Tito
After the exhibition ‘The Anatomy Lesson’ by Dragan Srdić, Belgrade Cultural Center, 2000
bronze
Seven parts:
100 x 128 x 128 mm, 14.5 kg
100 x 120 x 120 mm, 12.7 kg
100 x 120 x 120 mm, 12.7 kg
100 x 122 x 122 mm, 13.1 kg
100 x 130 x 130 mm, 14.8 kg
100 x 124 x 124 mm, 13.5 kg
100 x 123 x 123 mm, 13.3 kg
edition of 1 with 1 AP
installation view T at Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution, 2016
The seven-part portait of Josip Broz Tito is based on busts by Yugoslav artist Antun Augustinčić (1900-1979). Augustinčić’s works were discovered by Belgrade-based artist Dragan Srdić (b. Belgrade, 1958), who presented them in his own work in 2000.
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
Five-pointed Star
Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade (Serbia)
40x40x2060 cm, copper, 21,7 kg
Edition 1 + 1 A/P
installation view T at Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution, 2010-2016
Research image removal of The Star
Photo: Srđan Ilić
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
installation view T at Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam