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Mouse Museum

2 Dec

Claes Oldenburg put together an odd collection of kitsch, found objects, souvenirs, trivial everyday pieces and toys plus material and prototyps for his art works. The Mouse Museum was first shown in 1972 at the documenta 5 in Kassel.

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Claes Oldenburg was born in 1929, in Stockholm. His father was a diplomat, and the family lived in the United States and Norway before settling in Chicago in 1936. Oldenburg studied literature and art history at Yale University, New Haven, from 1946 to 1950. He subsequently studied art under Paul Wieghardt at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1950 to 1954. During the first two years of art school, he also worked as an apprentice reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago, and afterward opened a studio, where he made magazine illustrations and easel paintings. Oldenburg became an American citizen in December 1953. In 1956 he moved to New York and met several artists making early Performance work, including George Brecht, Allan Kaprow, George Segal, and Robert Whitman. Oldenburg soon became a prominent figure in Happenings and Performance art during the late 1950s and early 1960s. In 1959 the Judson Gallery exhibited a series of Oldenburg’s enigmatic images, ranging from monstrous human figures to everyday objects, made from a mix of drawings, collages, and papier-mâché. In 1961, he opened The Store in his studio, where he recreated the environment of neighborhood shops. He displayed familiar objects made out of plaster, reflecting American society’s celebration of consumption, and was soon heralded as a Pop artist with the emergence of the movement in 1962. Read more…

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Chronic Deja Vu

29 Jan

Chronic deja vu

Janina Turek

21 Jan

Flowers of Our Lives, 2008, curated by Joanna Zielinska

From when she was 13 years old until her death in 2001, Janina Turek wrote diaries where she noted all her everyday activities: eating, making phone calls, watching TV, meeting friends. She created a kind of collection of everyday activities, which she systematized according to colours and numbers, and she divided her life into 32 categories. Janina Turek also collected postcards, family pictures, books, records, and other things. A collection of over 700 notebooks was found by her family after her death.

Walerian Borowczyk

21 Jan

Flowers of our lives, 2008, curated by Joanna Zielinska

An Exceptional Collection, made in 1973, is one of the short films shot by Walerian Borowczyk. The film presents an extraordinary collection of erotic gadgets, drawings and photographs, which belonged to the artist. The background for the story is a stylish interior which remains a curio cabinet. The film is a story about fetishism in the spirit of psychoanalysis presented in a funny way, typical of Borowczyk.

Walerian Borowczyk, An Exceptional Collection, 1973

Walerian Borowczyk (Jesper Alvaer, audio giude, 2008)