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Modern Art (Seascape) Piece (The Clothes of the Emperor)

Modern Art (Seascape) Piece (The Clothes of the Emperor)

Pieter Engels (in 1967)

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In his work Pieter Engels takes the mechanisms of the art world with a pinch of salt. With his fictitious Engels Product Organisation he produces works of art that can be ordered by way of a catalogue. The work shown here ridicules (the value of) traditional painting. Instead of a canvas there is emptiness - the emperor’s clothes. In 1975 Renilde Hammacher staged The Selfportrait of This Century, a solo exhibition of Engels’s work.

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Title Modern Art (Seascape) Piece (The Clothes of the Emperor)
Material and technique Wood, Formica laminate, aluminium
Object type
Wall object > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 200 cm
Height 190 cm
Depth 10 cm
Artists Artist: Pieter Engels
Accession number BEK 1468 (MK)
Credits Purchased 1971
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1970
Creation date in 1967
Internal exhibitions De metamorfose van het object (1971)
External exhibitions Pieter Engels (2010)
Research Show research Digitising Contemporary Art
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Pieter Engels

Rosmalen 1938 - Amsterdam 2019

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