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Interview with Xaver Von Mentzingen, co-curator of the exhibition “Dennis Hopper, Icons of the Sixties”

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We are in the middle of an impressive gallery of portraits: : Paul Newman, Jane Fonda, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol to name but a few. All of them crossed paths with Denis Hopper, icon of the Californian artistic underground. In the centre the sculpture “Bomb Drop”, the full restoration of which, especially for this occasion, was driven by Xaver Von Mentzingen, associate director of the Thaddaeus Ropac gallery and co-curator of the exhibition (with Marcus Rothe). A large-scale replica, with lighting in primary colours, of a second world war bomb release switch which Hopper found in a rubbish tip. He then reactivated it as a protest against Vietnam. Sequence, goes on.

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