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Image of Composition Trouvee 37083
2018.31.2

Artist

Guillaume Bijl

Title

Composition Trouvee

Creation Date

1990

Century

late 20th century

Dimensions

91 x 143 x 47 1/2 in. (231.14 x 363.22 x 120.65 cm)

Creation Place

Europe, Belgian

Medium and Support

mixed media on paper

Credit Line

Gift of The Foundation, To-Life, Inc.

Copyright

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Accession Number

2018.31.2
This large-scale assemblage of found objects is the first work of installation art to enter the Museum’s collection. Since Marcel Duchamp anonymously submitted a signed urinal to the Society of Independent Artists in 1917 and titled it Fountain, artists have gleefully decontextualized everyday items and inserted them into exhibitions and art discourses. Bijl selected a range of objects from Europe and the United States for this work that has the appearance of a junk shop window display. Referencing the past as well as past notions of the future, at a time when the crumbling of the Eastern Bloc gave rise to the idea of the End of History (Francis Fukuyama), he envisions and illustrates the “archeology” of contemporary society. With Lazy Hardware (1945), Marcel Duchamp had already presented an installation as a window display in Gotham Bookmart, New York, to advertise the publication of André Breton’s book, Arcane 17.

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