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    Sale 2119

    Contemporary Design

    8 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 17

    SHIRO KURAMATA (1934-1991)

    'CABINET DE CURIOSITÉ' AN ACRYLIC CABINET, 1989

    Price Realised  

    SHIRO KURAMATA (1934-1991)
    'Cabinet de Curiosité' An Acrylic Cabinet, 1989
    executed by Ishimaru Co., Tokyo, number 23 from the edition of 40
    74¾ in. (189.8 cm.) high, 18 1/8 in. (46 cm.) wide, 18 1/8 in. (46 cm.) deep


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    cf. Exhibition catalogue, Shiro Kuramata 1934-1991, Tokyo, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 1997, pp. 67, 69, 192.

    Another 'Cabinet des Curiosité' from this edition was included in the exhibition Shiro Kuramata 1934-1991 at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, June - September 1996, which traveled to Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo A.C., Mexico City, April - June 1997; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, August - December 1997; Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, February - May 1998; Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Montreal, Canada, June - September 1998; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, October - December 1998; Österreichisches Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, January - March 1999; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, June - August 1999.

    Working in various shades of tinted Perspex acrylics, the perimeter of Kuramata's cabinet appears liquid, seemingly dissolving the solidity of the form itself.

    This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Mieko Kuramata.

    Provenance

    Private collection, Japan.