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Frase d'or (Ella té molts noms), 2020

Golden Sentence (She Has Many Names), 2020
Installation, Variable dimensions

In 2001, Dora García began her long series Frases de oro using letters inscribed with gold leaf on walls or printed on T-shirts. While the golden colour gives the phrases a certain material preciousness, the themes are always linked to common sense. Although some are taken from well-known figures such as Albert Einstein, most have been proposed by the artist. Effectively ambiguous, some are poetic, others cryptic, ironic, mocking, witty or  provocative, yet they all offer more than one reading and often incite action. Presented as truisms and never as quotations, they act as potentials or activators of thought. Frases de oro encapsulates Dora García's attitude toward culture, one that does not value the intellectual register over the popular. Rather than a univocal interpretation and a closed semantics, she prefers the freedom of an open reading.

Technical details

Original title:
Frase d'or (Ella té molts noms)
Registration number:
García, Dora
Date created:
On display
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term (in process of being incorporated)
Object type:
Gold leaf
Variable dimensions
Meier Building, Level 1
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of the Barcelona City Council. Work purchased by the Barcelona City Council through MACBA for the ‘Call for submissions: acquisition of pieces for the promotion of creators of contemporary art’
© Dora García, VEGAP, Barcelona
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