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12 Stones - 12 Crates

12 Stones - 12 Crates

Joep van Lieshout (in 1987)

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Joep van Lieshout discovered by chance that twelve Dommelsch beer crates are the same size as six concrete paving stones. This sparked his interest in standardized dimensions and modular systems. It led to a series of sculptures that could also be used as furniture, in which proportion and dimensional ratios played major roles. Van Lieshout undermined the idea of authorship and uniqueness by producing some of these objects in unlimited editions.

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Title 12 Stones - 12 Crates
Material and technique Concrete, beer crates and glass
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 40 cm
Width 120 cm
Depth 120 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Joep van Lieshout
Accession number Stad-B 14 a-x
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1988
Department City Collection
Acquisition date 1988
Age artist About 24 years old
Internal exhibitions Futuro, utopie in constructie (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Research Digitising Contemporary Art, City Collection
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Joep van Lieshout

Ravenstein 1963

Joep van Lieshout studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and in 1992 won the prestigious Prix de Rome for sculpture. Van Lieshout is the founder...

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