Transition to The Tate: protypical King Kong


Transition to The Tate
Originally uploaded by Catfunt.

This is from the Rousseau (Henri, not Jean-Jacques) show at Tate Modern. It’s pretty rubbish with a few exceptions, the monkey and the naked lady here being one. It’s not actually by Rousseau but it’s in the opening room to give you an idea what Paris was like in Henri’s day (naked monkeys carrying off naked women I suppose).

Anyway, it reminded me of the King Kong sculpture we had in Birmingham about 30 years ago that people complained about (it was in the Bull Ring I think) and it was removed. It was outside a car dealer on Bristol Road (I think) for a while. Apparently it’s now in Edinburgh but there’s talk of taking it back to Birmingham. You can see it here or read about it here.

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One comment

  1. Catfunt

    I stand corrected – it was liked by the public (so they now claim in various forums) but the Council wouldn’t pay for it – it was only on loan in the Bull Ring.

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