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In the early 1960s, Claes Oldenburg made replicas of food intended for theatrical performances and for sale in ‘The Store’: a shop, studio and installation in one. He delivered art to the man in the street as a product: art that, ‘that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum, […] that embroils itself with the everyday crap’. Later he worked on a much larger scale and made soft versions of hard objects, such as this washbasin.


Specifications

Title Soft washstand
Material and technique Vinyl, capok, painted wood and painted metal
Object type Sculpture
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (general) Height : 139,5 cm
Width : 87 cm
Depth : 51 cm
Makers Artist: Claes Oldenburg
Accession number BEK 1748 (MK)
Credits Aankoop met steun van: Mondriaan Fonds, de Vereniging Rembrandt (mede dankzij haar Dura Kunstfonds) mede dankzij het Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, gemeente Rotterdam en VSB Fonds 2006 Purchase with support of: the Mondriaan Fonds, the Dura Kunstfonds of the Vereniging Rembrandt, the Vereniging Rembrandt, also thanks to the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, gemeente Rotterdam and VSB Fonds 2006
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 09-11-2006
Age maker About 36 years old
External exhibitions Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties (2012)
(Re)staging When Attitudes Become Form (2013)
Research Digitising Contemporary Art
Material Vinyl > Artificial synthetic > Synthetic > Material > Material and technique
Metal > Inorganic material > Material > Material and technique
Kapok > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Technique Painting > Painted > Painting technique > Technique > Material and technique
Painting > Painted > Painting technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin The United States of America > North America > America
Geographical origin Sweden > Scandanavia > Northern Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Claes Oldenburg

Stockholm 1929

Claes Oldenburg is of Swedish origin and studied art and literature at Yale University and subsequently, from 1950 to 1954, at the School of the Art Institute i..