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Genealogies of Pain: Marilyn Manson and David Lynch

Marilyn Manson, The Man Who Eats His Fingers, 2006, Courtesy Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Köln
Marilyn Manson, “The Man Who Eats His Fingers“ (Self Portrait), 2006
Courtesy Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Köln

An Exhibition of grotesque imagery by shock rocker Marilyn Manson and filmmaker David Lynch is currently on display at Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria. The show, which opened June 30, consists of watercolors by Marilyn Manson focusing on pain and suffering. The exhibition also includes short films by David Lynch as a counterpart to and historical reference for Manson’s paintings. Titles include  “Six Men Getting Sick” (1967), “The Grandmother” (1970), and “The Amputee” (1973). The exhibit continues through July 25th, 2010.

Marilyn Manson talks about his art, music and god with museum director Gerald Matt in the videos below.

“An artist puts things into the world, makes things that people can identify with. Some people will hate them, some people will love them, but you’re putting something into the world.”
– Marilyn Manson

Part 2: More details about how he creates his watercolor paintings, and his comments on David Lynch.

For more information about Marilyn Manson and his artwork, visit

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Update (3/8/2011): Paintings and sculptures by David Lynch will be on exhibit at William Griffin Gallery in Santa Monica from March 19, 2011 to May 28, 2011.

Related blog post: David Lynch: The Factory Photographs (February 9, 2014)