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Some of the Most Recognizable Pieces of Art Were Featured in the Squid Game

01.11.2021
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Pieces of Art Were Featured in the Squid Game

The Squid Game, which hit Netflix in mid-September and has become the most successful launch of the streaming company, is not just a metaphor for the brutal art world.

Someone says that there are many similarities between the survival drama, in which competitors must destroy each other in order to win a big cash prize and the art market. But its artistic references go much deeper.

the scream edward munch

One of the earliest references is Edvard Munch’s work painted in 1893. The Scream is played in the episode when 250 is shot while playing the first game.

1972 Surrealist Ball

In the seventh episode, dedicated to the wealthy VIP sponsors of the deadly game, we can note the associations between the masks on the VIPs’faces and the costumes designed by Salvador Dali for the 1972 Surrealist Ball. One of the guests is shown with an apple in front of his face, which is a reference to The Son of Man painted by Rene Magritte in 1964.

artwork Dinner Party

In the final dinner scene, the three remaining players sitting at a triangular table is a reference to the artwork Dinner Party by art feminist Judy Chicago. It is interesting that after the dinner scene, the only female participant in the Squid Game is eliminated in favor of the two remaining men.

One of the more obvious borrowings is the MC Escher trompe l’oeil Relativity painted in 1953, which formed the basis for ladders that participants walk between games.

relativity eschler

Artistic references can be seen elsewhere. In the second episode, when the detective is looking for clues in his missing brother’s room, several art monographs including Picasso, Monet, and Van Gogh are on the table.

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