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Cadeau / Audace

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On the day of the opening of his first exhibition in Paris, Man Ray bought a flatiron, carpet tacks and glue. In the gallery he stuck a single line of the nails on the sole plate of the iron, and added the new work to the exhibition under the title ‘Cadeau’. It was his first Dada object in France. He planned to raffle it among his friends, but it disappeared from the exhibition that same afternoon.

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Title Cadeau / Audace
Material and technique Cast iron and copper tacks
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 10 cm
Height Error: 16,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Depth 10 cm
Artists Artist: Man Ray
Accession number BEK 1685 (MK)
Credits Purchased 1995
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1995
Creation date in 1921 (1974)
Entitled parties © Man Ray Trust / ADAGP, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2018
Provenance Galerie Il Fauno, Turin 1974; Arturo Schwarz, Milan; Diego Strasser, Verona; Gianni Morghen, Arco; Galerie A, Amsterdam 1995
Exhibitions Rotterdam 1996a; London 1997; London/Rotterdam/Bilbao 2007-08; New York 2009-10; Rotterdam 2014b
Internal exhibitions Brancusi, Rosso, Man Ray - Framing Sculpture (2014)
Alles kids (2016)
Gek van surrealisme (2017)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Dal nulla al sogno (2018)
Surrealist Art - Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (2021)
Dalí, Magritte, Man Ray and Surrealism. Highlights from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (2023)
A Surreal Shock – Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (2021)
Only the Marvelous is Beautiful (2022)
A Surreal Shock. Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (2023)
Research Show research Digitising Contemporary Art
Show research A dream collection - Surrealism in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Literature New York/Los Angeles/Chicago 1968, p. 31, fig. 38; Rotterdam/Paris 1971-72, p. 146, cat. no. 151, fig. p. 74*; Munich 1973-74, p. 206, cat. no. 94*; Penrose 1975, p. 71, fig. 33 (dated 1921 (1963))*; Man Ray/Martin 1983, pp. 43, 142, 145; Man Ray/J. Man Ray/Foresta 1988, pp. 313-14; Wood 2007, p. 178, fig. 10.2; Rotterdam 2007, pp. 38-39 (as Cadeau-Audace); Rotterdam 2014, pp. 212-13, cat. no. 43; Rotterdam 2017, p. 337
Geographical origin The United States of America > North America > America

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