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Vénus restaurée

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Man Ray used a cast of a classical sculpture to create a new work. The torso is a fragment and the 'restoration' from the title is ambiguous. Man Ray has not added the missing limbs and the head, but has laced up the torso with rope as a strange variant of a corset. This sculpture is an by the artist authorised reconstruction of the original art work.

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Title Vénus restaurée
Material and technique Plaster, rope, wood, paint
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 74 cm
Width 42 cm
Diameter 39 cm
Artists Artist: Man Ray
Accession number BEK 1502 (MK)
Credits Purchased 1972
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1972
Creation date in 1936 (1971)
Entitled parties © Man Ray Trust / ADAGP, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2018
Provenance Artist’s collection
Exhibitions Rotterdam/Paris/Humlebaek 1971-72; Antwerp 1994; London 1995; Rotterdam 1996a; Drachten 1998; Paris/Düsseldorf 2002; London/Rotterdam/Bilbao 2007-08; Rotterdam 2014b; Copenhagen 2015; Rotterdam 2017b
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Brancusi, Rosso, Man Ray - Framing Sculpture (2014)
Collectie - surrealisme (2017)
External exhibitions Humor - 101 jaar lachen om kunst (2017)
Man Ray (2018)
Dalí, Magritte, Man Ray and Surrealism. Highlights from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (2023)
Dal nulla al sogno (2018)
Surrealist Art - Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (2021)
A Surreal Shock – Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (2021)
A Surreal Shock. Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (2023)
Only the Marvelous is Beautiful (2022)
Research Digitising Contemporary Art
A dream collection - Surrealism in Museum Boijmans Van beuningen
Literature Rotterdam/Paris/Humlebaek 1971-72, p. 148, cat. no. 162, fig. p. 79; Schwarz 1977, p. 188, fig. 288; Man Ray/Martin 1983, p. 149, cat. no. 58; Man Ray/J. Man Ray/Foresta 1988, p. 315; Antwerp 1994, cat. no. 375; Drachten 1998, cat. no. 22; Rotterdam 2007, p. 88; London 2008, p. 131; Kamien-Kazhdan 2012, p. 109; Rotterdam 2014, pp. 230-31, cat. no. 50
Geographical origin The United States of America > North America > America

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