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La plus belle statue d'Amérique

Man Ray (in 1920)

This found sculpture looks almost like a modern totem pole in the centre of the city. The function of the wooden structure on a concrete base is unclear, but it acquires the status of a work of art in the photograph. Perhaps it was an ironic reference to the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of America. In 1920 Man Ray sent the photograph, printed as a postcard, to Tristan Tzara as a contribution for his compilation ‘Dadaglobe’. Theo van Doesburg acquired the photograph in 1921.


Title La plus belle statue d'Amérique
Material and technique Gelatin silver print on fibre-based paper
Object type Photograph
Location This object is in storage
Makers Artist: Man Ray
Accession number 3501 (MK)
Credits Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with support of: Mondriaan Fonds 2002
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 23-09-2002
Age maker About 30 years old
Exhibitions Surreëel: foto's uit de collectie van Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (2011)
External exhibitions Dadaglobe Reconstructed (2016)
Material Fiber-based paper > Photographic paper > Paper > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Photograph > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Technique Gelatin silver print > Bromide print > Photographic printing technique > Mechanical > Planographic printing > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique

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Man Ray

Philadelphia 1890 - Parijs 1976

The American artist Emmanuel Radnitzky, who would call himself Man Ray, began his career as engraver and advertising designer. In New York he got to know the wo..