Attracting worldwide publicity at its press launch in 2008, The Hoerengracht: Kienholz at the National Gallery was an uncompromising and thought-provoking installation, created by one of the most influential artists of the later twentieth century.
The Hoerengracht (1984-1988) is an installation artwork by Ed Kienholz (d. 1994) and Nancy Reddin Kienholz. This tableau - a surprising sight in the heart of the National Gallery - is a walk-through evocation of Amsterdam's red light district, with mysterious characters, glowing windows and claustrophobic streets.
Presenting the viewer with bold statements on morality, vanitas, secret spaces and receding views, The Hoerengracht resonates powerfully with painting by Dutch masters of seventeenth century art represented in the National Gallery Collection.
Explaining this visual and thematic relationship to Old Master painting, as well as introducing the reader to the Kienholz, The Hoerengracht: Kienholz at the National Gallery introduces an artistic team who have influenced contemporary art world figures such as Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy and Damien Hirst.
The Hoerengracht: Kienholz at the National Gallery was published to accompany The Hoerengracht: Kienholz at the National Gallery Exhibition at the National Gallery in 2009-2010.