Artist Germaine Kruip Does a Postmortem

Images from Germaine Kruip’s Image Archive (2004–ongoing). Photo: Image courtesy of the artist and Swiss Institute, New York.

To inaugurate its new project space, Studio 495, the Swiss Institute brings together works rooted in formal comparison. Germaine Kruip’s ongoing Image Archive project does just that and in doing so creates some interesting political undertones. Take these starkly similar images of Bolivian officers prodding Che Guervara’s corpse and Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (1632). We suppose history really does repeat itself. The exhibition, titled “Good News for People Who Love Bad News,” opens at the Swiss Institute’s Soho location on Tuesday. —Rachel Wolff