In 2014, two Argentine artists, Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, turned 33 models of Barbie and Ken into religious icons for an exhibition called Barbie, the Plastic Religion which was displayed at Popa Galeria in Buenas Aris. The show featured Barbie as the Virgin Mary and Ken as Jesus Christ, and included religious figures from Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism with versions of Barbie as Joan of Arc, Mary Magdalene and the Virgin of Lourdes.
The show provoked widespread controversy in several languages from Argentina to France.In 2016, the artists were invited by Mattel and Les Art Decoratifs (Palais du Louvre, Paris) to display four of their pieces in the museum of decorative arts in the Palais du Louvre, Paris, and were also received in the Vatican by Pope Francisco who accepted a gift of their Barbie, “Our Lady of Lujan”.
The duo brought their show to Los Angeles, at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, on Friday December 2nd. For the opening, the dolls were taken out of the box. However, for the remainder of the exhibition, which is through New Years Eve, they have been boxed.
Pool & Marinela
Barbie the Plastic Religion
On display through December 31, 2016
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
preview the entire show at this link