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Screwarch Bridge

Screwarch Bridge

Claes Oldenburg (in 1980)

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Industrially manufactured objects play a leading role in Oldenburg's work. The screw is one of those themes that crop up both in drawings and in ideas for monumental designs. When Oldenburg spent some time in the Netherlands in 1977, he also saw the bridges in Rotterdam and heard about the plans for the new Willemsbrug. All of this inspired him to create visionary images of a screw bridge. The museum commissioned him to make a maquette of the area between the Witte Huis and Noordereiland, with the bridge as its centre. In addition, he prepared a screw sculpture, which will be executed in aluminium.

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Title Screwarch Bridge
Material and technique Etching, aquatint
Object type
Print > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 79 cm
Width 147 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Claes Oldenburg
Accession number MB 1980/84 (MK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: Claes Oldenburg 1980
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1980
Age artist About 51 years old
Etching > Manual > Intaglio printing techniques > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Aquatint > Etching > Manual > Intaglio printing techniques > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin The United States of America > North America > America
Geographical origin Sweden > Scandanavia > Northern Europe > Europe

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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...

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