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Le monde entier est un cactus (totem #1)

Le monde entier est un cactus (totem #1)

Koen Taselaar (in 2016)

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  • Joel asked

    Is the title of this work inspired by the song “Le Cactus” by Jacques Dutronc?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Joel, yes, nice that you have noticed this! We too think the song was an inspiration, as the title is derived directly from it. Kind regards, Els

  • Branko asked

    What does it mean?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Branko, thank you for your question. It is not easy to answer it because there is not one single clear meaning to be discovered. The artists challenges you, the viewer, to look good and try to construct a meaning from what you see: a totemic figure that is made from various ceramic forms in blue, rosa-red and yellow. Just the look tells you that the figure, unlike an ordinary totem, is quite vulnerable. The title of the work (translated: The whole world is a cactus) refers to a 1966 song by the French chansonnier Jacques Dutronc. The song deals with distress and anxiety in a humorous and at the same time melancholic way. I hope this helps you to look at the work with new eyes. Kind regards, Els


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Title Le monde entier est un cactus (totem #1)
Material and technique Earthenware, glaze, wood
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height Error: 11,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Length Error: 24,3 is not a valid BCD value cm
Width Error: 24,3 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Maker: Koen Taselaar
Accession number BEK 1971 a-i (MK)
Credits Puhased with the support of Stichting Van Achterbergh-Domhof, 2016
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2016
Creation date in 2016
Internal exhibitions Lievelingen (2024)

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Koen Taselaar

Rotterdam 1986

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