In his series titled The Exquisite Corps – The complete Paintings of Manet, begun in 1988 and continued to this day, Prina refers to the Impressionist painter’s 556 work oeuvre. Here, he literally »empties« the pieces he references by only referring to their format and replacing their contents with monochromatic surfaces of sepia ink. He then combines these 1:1 transfers with an index, which be published as an edition, and on which the formats of all of Manet’s paintings are lined up in reduced scale and numbered according to their chronology. That allows him to re-integrate the individual works into the context of the entire oeuvre and makes their position (regarding title, period of origin, owner, etc.) clear. In exhibitions he usually shows three such combinations. In this way he contextualizes Manet’s paintings not only within the latter's oeuvre, but also re-contextualizes them within the specific structure of the respective presentation.
The installation, As He Remembered It, was created for an exhibition in the Vienna Secession in 2011. Here he rebuilt 28 pieces of furniture from two houses that no longer exist, designed in the 1940s by the architect Rudolph Schindler (1887–1953), who originated in Vienna but worked in Los Angeles. The trigger for the work was a »random« encounter of the artist and a desk designed by Schindler which he saw in a shop window in Los Angeles. The former owner had pulled this built-in piece of furniture from its context and painted the »fragment« pink. Following this appropriation, Prina painted all of the re-built and formerly built-in furniture from the Schindler houses that had been torn down in the same pink: »Pantone Honeysuckle 2011 Color of the Year«, and, using a special grid, arranged them closely together as if in a furniture warehouse.