Painted wood, some burnt selectively, glue

243.8 x 335.3 x 12.7 cm (96 x 132 x 5 in.)

Urknall, Big Bang in German, is a visual explosion that illustrates the end of utopia embodied by the atomic bomb’s destructive power, represented by a large black circle in the middle of complex, colourful harmony.

Despite the underlying tone of vanity aimed at all humanity, which is typical in Matthew Day-Jackson’s work, this great fresco’s visual power is captivating. Made only from bits of painted wood glued to a support, it stands out by its relief and colour variations that the dark, charred circle highlights all the more.

Urknall, Big Bang was shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection during the exhibition "Mapping the Studio" (2009-2011) at the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi in Venice.