In Pictures: See the Cheerfully Unsettling Pop Surrealist Barbie Dolls Set to Debut at Kasmin’s L.A. Pop-Up This Week

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When it was announced last week that Mattel was teaming up to launch a limited-edition, collectable line of Barbie dolls with painter Mark Ryden, the so-called “godfather of Pop Surrealism,” the pairing made an unexpected kind of sense.

This Friday, fans get their first chance to get their hands on the special art Barbies at a pop-up in L.A. put on by Kasmin, Ryden’s gallery. The exhibition features a 1994 work, , which shows a young girl piously praying to a divine Barbie. Today it is one of Ryden’s best known works. For the “Pink Pop” show, the artist is also debuting a new series of paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

“Barbie has made appearances in my art for a long time,” Ryden said in a statement. “It is difficult to define Barbie. She is a cultural phenomenon, an archetypal figure. She is a bona fide celebrity, a subject worthy for Andy Warhol to portray alongside the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.”

A centerpiece of the collaboration is “Nature Queen Barbie,” a one-of-a-kind figurine with chartreuse hair and a dress sprouting a bouquet of animal heads, as well as a gold crown.

Nature Queen is the centerpiece of the “Pink Pop” exhibit by Mark Ryden X Barbie. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Nature Queen is the centerpiece of the “Pink Pop” exhibit by Mark Ryden X Barbie. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Nature Queen is the centerpiece of the “Pink Pop” exhibit by Mark Ryden X Barbie. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

As for the collectable Ryden-themed Barbies, notable is “Bee Barbie,” who wears a bee-striped fur dress and hood, and has bee wings and a deathly pale face. “She’s sweeter than nectar and deep like a sting,” the Mattel Creations site enthuses. “Bee Barbie” is $150.

Barbie Bee Doll is part of the limited edition Mark Ryden X Barbie collection. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Barbie Bee Doll is part of the limited edition Mark Ryden X Barbie collection. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Certificate for Barbie Bee Doll

Certificate for Barbie Bee Doll. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

The signature product of the collab is likely the “Pink Pop Barbie,” awash in Barbie-core synthetic pink. With candy-stripe stockings and a purse in the form of a T-bone steak, the doll is accompanied by a pet yak and a goony, sentient flower pot. It is $350.

Pink Pop Barbie Doll set

Pink Pop Barbie Doll is part of the limited edition Mark Ryden X Barbie collection. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Mark Ryden X Barbie collection

Pink Pop Barbie Doll is part of the limited edition Mark Ryden X Barbie collection. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Detail of Pink Pop Barbie Doll from the Mark Ryden X Barbie collection

Detail of Pink Pop Barbie Doll from the Mark Ryden X Barbie collection. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Pink Pop Barbie Doll 1

Detail of Pink Pop Barbie Doll from the Mark Ryden X Barbie collection. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Yak from the Mark Ryden X Barbie collection

Yak from the Mark Ryden X Barbie collection. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Flower pot from the Mark Ryden X Barbie collection

Flower pot from the Mark Ryden X Barbie collection. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Higher up the price scale is the “Mark Ryden x Barbie at the Surrealist Ball” set, which goes for $500. It features two dolls, each with cropped bangs and a dress studded with surreal motifs. One has an orb on her head; the other, a star.

The set also comes with an occult-like pedestal with a dodecahedron studded with glazed, starring eyes.

Black and White Surrealist Ball Dolls

Black and White Surrealist Ball Dolls is part of the limited edition Mark Ryden X Barbie collection. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Black and White Surrealist Ball Dolls 2

One of the dolls part of the Black and White Surrealist Ball Doll set from the Mark Ryden X Barbie collection. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Black and White Surrealist Ball Dolls 3

One of the dolls part of the Black and White Surrealist Ball Doll set from the Mark Ryden X Barbie collection. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Black and White Surrealist Ball Dolls pedestal

The Surrealist pedestal from the Black and White Surrealist Ball Doll set from the Mark Ryden X Barbie collection. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

The variety of merch related to the collection ranges from a $50 Mark Ryden x Barbie “Bee Brooch” and a $60 “Pink Pop Umbrella” up to a $300 Mark Ryden x Barbie “Pink Pop Purse.”

Mark Ryden X Barbie pin

Mark Ryden X Barbie pin. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Mark Ryden X Barbie pins

Selection of pins from the Mark Ryden X Barbie collection. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Mark Ryden X Barbie umbrella. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

Mark Ryden X Barbie handbag. Image courtesy of Mattel Creations.

The full capsule and accessories are available to purchase exclusively at Kasmin for one week before becoming available online from November 18.

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