FRANZ XAVER MESSERSCHMIDT

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Franz Xaver Messerschmidt Composite Head Nick Reynolds Edward Rose

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt Transformed
by Edward Rose and Nick Reynolds.
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt was one of the most accomplished sculptors of the Eighteenth Century.  Working in a neoclassical style he produced some of the most important works of the German Enlightenment. In 1771 he was struck down with psychological problems and lost his position at the Viennese Academy. It was at this point he devoted himself to the creation of his Character Heads, Forty Nine astonishing busts contorted in extreme facial expressions.
It is from these Character Heads that we have created a collection of art works using different mediums to view the work of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt in a new light. Working with animation sculpture jewellery and graphics we hope to portray his work in ways that are thought provoking and challenging.
The animation “Franz Xaver Messerschmidt Transformed” was made using the special effect Morphing. with this we created transitions between his enigmatic heads, thereby showing the inner turmoil of his soul and a greater realisation of his suffering.
This animation was used by the Neue Galerie, New York and at the  Paul Getty Museum, California,, as part of their exhibitions on the work of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.


Franz Xaver Messerschmidt Transformed.
A Film by Edward Rose and Nick Reynolds.
Requiem for the Ghost of a Flea, played on Five Instruments.
Tenor Saxophone
Double Bass
Piano
Quarter Size Violin
Broken Flute
Music Composed and Performed by Edward Rose 2012.

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. Cufflinks. Nick Reynolds. Edward Rose
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. Cufflinks. Nick Reynolds. Edward Rose
A Man Contorted by Edward Rose and Nick Reynolds
A Man Contorted by Edward Rose and Nick Reynolds
Messerschmidt Pendent
Messerschmidt Pendent by Nick Reynolds and Edward Rose.

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt Transformed

 Nick Reynolds. Edward Rose
Messerschmidt Afflicted with Constipation. Nick Reynolds. Edward Rose

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