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  • Jeenah asked

    What song is on the untitled piece of the man with music in his behind.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Jeenah, I am very sorry but I cannot answer this question with certainty until somebody takes up the challenge and tries to play the musical score. In his 2016 show at the MoMA, Gober explicitely referred to 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain' from Robert & Hammerstein (=The Sound of Music, 1959). It might be this song. Do you play an instrument? Would you care to try? Thanks on beforehand, Els

  • Claudia asked

    What is the meaning of this object?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hello Claudia, This object does not have a fixed meaning. In modern art, the meaning a work is often partly depending on the perspective of the person who is looking at it. So I would like to invite you to look closely and try to formulate what you see and what kind of thoughts and questions bring this work about. Your ideas and interpretations are as valid as anyone else's. I hope this is helpful, kind regards, Els

  • Cat asked

    What song is printed on the butt?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Kat, thanks for your question. We don't know yet and in fact we are waiting for visitors who can play the piano to answer this question. Kind regards, Els


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Title Untitled
Material and technique beeswax, oil paint, cotton, leather, wood and human hair
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 26 cm
Width 42,5 cm
Depth 114 cm
Artists Artist: Robert Gober
Accession number BEK 1650 (MK)
Credits Purchased 1990
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1990
Creation date in 1990
Internal exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Art or Sound (2014)
(H)erkennen Herbouwen. Wonderkamers van het Rotterdams koloniale verleden. (2023)
Research Show research Digitising Contemporary Art
Geographical origin The United States of America > North America > America

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Robert Gober

Meriden 1954

Between 1972 and 1976, Robert Gober studied literature and visual arts at the Middlebury College in Vermont. He spent one of his college years at the Tyler...

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