BUTTERFLY BOXES 2013

a series of 12 boxes containing a historical photograph of various actresses playing Madame Butterfly with a genuine mounted butterfly pinned to her face.

Lambda C-Print, butterfly, box frame and glass

Permission for image only for artwork

Courtesy City of Zurich Archives, VII.23.12.1.256
Photograph: Nic Aluf, Zurich, 1937

Permission for image only for artwork

Courtesy City of Zurich Archives, VII.23.12.1.257
Photograph: Peter Zimmermann, Zurich, 1945

Permission for image only for artwork

Courtesy City of Zurich Archives, VII.23.12.1.500
Photograph: Edi Bauer, Zurich, 1954


"In her latest works, Teresa Chen … used Giacomo Puccini’s opera ‘Madama Butterfly’ as the starting point for the exhibition ‘Death of a Butterfly” in order to critically examine how Asian women are represented in European society and history. "

(Marion Wild, from the press release for the exhibtion)

 

Room installation "Death of a Butterfly", Galerie Bob Gysin

View of butterfly boxes in "Death of a Butterfly", Galerie Bob Gysin

View 2 of butterfly boxes in "Death of a Butterfly", Galerie Bob Gysin

 

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BUTTERFLY BOX GERALDINE FARRAR (1882-1967) #1

Geraldine Farrar (1882-1967) was an American soprano opera singer who appeared in the first Metropolitan Opera performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in 1907.

Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C., LC-USZ62-40286
Photograph: A. Dupont, New York, c1908.

BUTTERFLY BOX GERALDINE FARRAR (1882-1967) #2

Geraldine Farrar (1882-1967) was an American soprano opera singer who appeared in the first Metropolitan Opera performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in 1907.

Courtesy of the Bain Collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C., LC-DIG-ggbain-33724.
Photograph: Unknown

BUTTERFLY BOX GERALDINE FARRAR (1882-1967) #3

Geraldine Farrar (1882-1967) was an American soprano opera singer who appeared in the first Metropolitan Opera performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in 1907.

Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C., LC-USZ62-55294.
Photograph: A. Dupont, New York, c1908.

BUTTERFLY BOX ROSINA STORCHIO (1876-1945) #1

Rosina Storchio (1876-1945) was an Italian soprano opera singer who appeared in the world premiere of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at La Scalo, Milan in 1904.

Courtesy of Lebrecht Music and Arts Photo Library Photograph: Unknown, Milan, 1904

BUTTERFLY BOX ROSINA STORCHIO (1876-1945) #2

Rosina Storchio (1876-1945) was an Italian soprano opera singer who appeared in the world premiere of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at La Scalo, Milan in 1904.

Courtesy of Lebrecht Music and Arts Photo Library Photograph: Unknown, Milan, 1904

BUTTERFLY BOX ZURICH OPERA HOUSE 1937

Madame Butterfly: Teiko Kiwa (1902-1983)
F.B. Pinkerton: Peter Baxevanos (1908-1982)

BUTTERFLY BOX ZURICH OPERA HOUSE 1945 #1-3

Madame Butterfly: Lisa Della Casa(1919-2012)
F.B. Pinkerton: Ernst Fabry(1902-1982)

BUTTERFLY BOX ZURICH OPERA HOUSE 1954 #1-2

Madame Butterfly: Marit Isene(1923-2002)
F.B. Pinkerton: Willi Friedrich (?))