Item #5277 The Female Christ at the Stock Exchange [two prints]. Lene Adler Petersen, Bjørn Nørgaard.

The Female Christ at the Stock Exchange [two prints]

Copenhagen: np, 1969. Item #5277

Offset. Two prints, each measuring 13 3/4
x 18 in. Yellow print: near fine. Red print: very good with small pinholes, a few small spots of toning, and light edgewear at top corner.

Two prints documenting the famous political action by Danish artist couple Lene Adler Petersen and Bjørn Nørgaard, The Female Christ, during which Petersen walked through the Danish stock exchange nude and carrying a cross. Referencing Jesus Christ’s expulsion of merchants from the temple and making the Christ figure a woman, the action was a performance intended to disrupt the capitalist patriarchy. This performance was filmed and produced as a movie, and along with these offset-printed posters, the distribution methods were meant as further assault on the materialist culture through the reappropriation of mass production methods. The action took place the day before the Danish parliament repealed the law against visual pornography; if these prints had been produced any earlier the artists might have liable to litigation by the Danish state.

Superb examples of documentation from an important Danish protest, bringing together the sacred and erotic in a disruptionof the white capitalist patriarchy.