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Barbie and Ken take on Virgin Mary and Jesus in Madrid ‘Plastic Religion’ exhibition02:44

Barbie and Ken take on Virgin Mary and Jesus in Madrid ‘Plastic Religion’ exhibition

Spain, Madrid
December 21, 2018 at 20:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Plastic Religion exhibition in Madrid has used Barbie dolls to depict religious scenes including that of Nativity and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, footage from Friday shows.

Rita Marianela Perelli and Emiliano "Pool" Paolini, the Argentina duo behind the exhibition have employed customised Barbie dolls, orthodox icons, crucifixes and even a Porsche driven by Buddha, Krishna and Jesus Christ to ask visitors to reflect on faith in a world defined by globalisation, consumerism and hedonism.

Reactions to the exhibition have been mixed with Ruth Lopez-Dieguez, co-owner and curator of La Fiambrera admitting they had received angry emails after the opening.

"But all the other reactions that we received, even the press coverage and the people who enter the exhibition without knowing what they are going to see, the reactions have been very positive," she noted.

The exhibition has garnered global attention since its original debut in Buenos Aires in 2014 and has circulated in prestigious galleries around the world including the Museum of Decorative Arts of the Louvre in Paris through an invitation by Barbie's parent company Mattel.

Pope Francis reportedly received a piece from the exhibition which depicted the Argentine patron saint 'Our Lady of Lujan'.

Barbie and Ken take on Virgin Mary and Jesus in Madrid ‘Plastic Religion’ exhibition02:44
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The Plastic Religion exhibition in Madrid has used Barbie dolls to depict religious scenes including that of Nativity and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, footage from Friday shows.

Rita Marianela Perelli and Emiliano "Pool" Paolini, the Argentina duo behind the exhibition have employed customised Barbie dolls, orthodox icons, crucifixes and even a Porsche driven by Buddha, Krishna and Jesus Christ to ask visitors to reflect on faith in a world defined by globalisation, consumerism and hedonism.

Reactions to the exhibition have been mixed with Ruth Lopez-Dieguez, co-owner and curator of La Fiambrera admitting they had received angry emails after the opening.

"But all the other reactions that we received, even the press coverage and the people who enter the exhibition without knowing what they are going to see, the reactions have been very positive," she noted.

The exhibition has garnered global attention since its original debut in Buenos Aires in 2014 and has circulated in prestigious galleries around the world including the Museum of Decorative Arts of the Louvre in Paris through an invitation by Barbie's parent company Mattel.

Pope Francis reportedly received a piece from the exhibition which depicted the Argentine patron saint 'Our Lady of Lujan'.

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