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Description Cut old braids
Abandon obsolete and outdated traditions; get rid of outdated ideas; break with habits
• It has always been done this way. And although everyone knows that these customs are out of date, nobody dares to cut these old braids.
• Now old braids are cut! More and more women work in typical male jobs.
• We should finally cut old braids and adjust our behavior to these new times.
• You also have to dare to cut old braids.
• To protect the environment and the threat of global warming, society needs far-reaching changes and old habits have to be abandoned, which means: the old braid has to be removed.
In the 18th century, many men, especially nobles, wore braids; the braid was even the official hairstyle of the soldiers. At the beginning of the 19th century, braids for men became a symbol of backwardness and these old braids were cut off.
”Now all car traffic no longer leads through the city center. Finally old braids are cut off here.” Ideas that have long since become obsolete are thrown into the rubbish bin of history: the image of the braid has to serve as a basis for this to this day. Which is probably because this hairstyle was once widespread. In China, the braid hairstyle that had been customary in the Manchurian Qing dynasty for 300 years was abolished in 1911 with the fall of the last emperor.
The same thing happened in Europe during the French Revolution in 1789: as a symbol of backwardness, the braids of the nobility fell victim to the scissors (and the heads to the hatchet). As a result, during the Prussian army reform until 1807, the soldier’s braid, which had been cultivated for 200 years, came under the knife.
New hair fashion as a sign of a new era: Tsar Peter I had driven his subjects to the hairdresser in 1698 - in Russia it was said: beard off!
Eli Brüning, born in 1953, has lived in Constance, Germany since 1962.
She completed a correspondence course in painting and drawing at the ABC Academy in Paris. Since 1989 her works of art have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
In 1997 she founded a circle of artists named ”Die Eule” (”The Owl”).
selection of solo and group exhibitions
Museum Cesare Pavese, St.Stefano Belbo/Italy
7. + 12. Biennale Florenz/Italy
Galerie Lüthi u. Lüthi, Kreuzlingen/Switzerland
Schloss Girsberg, Kreuzlingen/Switzerland
Galerie am Schloß, Gottlieben/Switzerland
Alte Seifenfabrik, Lauterach/Austria
Galerie Lachenmann, Constance
After her studies Eli Brüning started with concrete and abstract painting.
Since 1992 she worked at objects out of papier mâché and relief combined with objects found as sea shells, feathers, sand, pieces of glass or with coffee grounds.
She creates also objects which invites the viewer for active action. In this way art is not only generated as a museum object, but as a communication medium, that could be touched and changed during the exhibition.
The thematic constellation of her work moves around the terms of psychology, symbolism, mythology, nature und environment.
Cause of the 600th anniversary of the council in Constance 2014 she showed here self made video ”Verbrennung von Jan Hus” (burning of Jan Hus). You can watch this video in youtube too. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyyV6uPyUWI)
Since many years Eli Brüning is engaged with installations. For the exhibitions of the ”Kunstverein Konstanz” (art association), which were selected by a jury, she showed:
• The installation ”ART-shopping” as a comment to the consumer society of today and the economy of arts.
• Regarding the theme bridges she shows here artwork ”Sabotage” against xenophobia.
• The artwork ”Kirschenraupüberfall” (caterpillar attack cherry) made of papier mâché was a contribution to nature conservation and the vanish of insects.
• In the year 1999 she initiated the exhibition ”Genethik” with the circle of artists ”Die Eule”. This exhibition broached the issue of genetic engineering and the potential consequences. Among other things her share was the ”DNA - sperm bank”, which illustrate a double helix. Inside the coloured connections made of moulded epoxy resin seeds of different plants are located.