Marina Abramovic (b. 1946)

Lot 128: Abramović, Beuys, Hamilton, Weiner a.m.o., all in one box

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

December 13, 2016
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: ABRAMOVIC, Marina & ULAY; BEUYS, Joseph; HAMILTON, Richard; WEINER, Lawrence e.a. From Source to Use: Contemporary Archaeology, Pandora's Box Part One, 1985. Rotterdam, Publishing House Bébert, 1985. Pink wooden box (by Piet van Schadewijk) with screenprinted title containing - mostly signed - works by 11 artists, all works especially conceived and produced for this edition: text object by Lawrence Weiner, cassette tape and passepartout object by Marina Abramović/Ulay, shattered ceramic object by Piet Stockmans, handcoloured woodcut by John van't Slot, overhead sheet: Kaap's Mona Lisa by Gérald Van Der Kaap; sigarbox object by General Idea, collotype by Richard Hamilton, watercolour by Arie van Geest, folded litho by Maria van Elk with a covering letter by Coosje van Bruggen, two bookworks (paint and pencil) by Hugo Duchateau, and diptych: silk-screen on felt and wood by Joseph Beuys. With colophon, title, half title and table of contents. Numbered 130 out of 200 numbered copies (in the colophon). Complete. Occasional light traces of age, excellent condition.
Dimensions: 35 x 28 x 12 cm.
Provenance: Private collection; Galerie Bébert, Rotterdam, 1987
Notes:
Extraordinary project. Museum Boymans: "A highlight of Bébert’s artist editions is the series Contemporary Archaeology, Part One, Two and Three— - also called Pandora’s Boxes— - which were published between 1985 and 1990. Two hundred copies were printed of each volume of Contemporary Archaeology, each containing ten works by Dutch and foreign artists. Contemporary Archaeology included items by Richard Hamilton, Richard Artschwager and René Daniëls. These Pandora’s Boxes were not named solely after the myth of Pandora, but also after Marcel Duchamp’s 'Boîte-en-valise' in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen collection. They can be perceived as portable exhibitions. All the artists involved were asked to produce as much variation as possible in the two hundred identical examples. This resulted in boxes that justified the name—each with unimaginable contents". NB The project title 'Pandora's box' also played with the sex appeal of the publisher's captivating wife Pandora.
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