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"Untitled" (Last Light), 1993

Installation, Dimensions variables segons la instal·lació

In the 1990s, Félix González-Torres composed a series of works using strings of lightbulbs and beaded curtains that combined great formal simplicity with powerful emotive and poetic expression. These were pieces that could be shown in different configurations, and the owner of the work could choose whether or not to replace any lightbulbs that became fused during exhibition. González-Torres engaged constantly in social and political causes, and the fight against HIV/Aids, contracted first by his partner and later by himself, marked the work of this Cuban artist, who made his installations metaphors of the fragility and beauty of life.

González-Torres used simple materials found in everyday life, such as paper, sweets, jigsaw puzzles and strings of lights. Employing an aesthetic language influenced by minimalism and conceptual art, he imbued the formal qualities of his materials with intense emotion and striking autobiographical and metaphorical narrative. Poetry and melancholy are always present in works that, like his installations of lightbulbs, often evoke the passing of time. The themes of his light installations are loss and regeneration, love, and the inevitably fleeting nature of life.


Technical details

Original title:
"Untitled" (Last Light)
Registration number:
2705
Artist:
González-Torres, Félix
Date created:
1993
Date acquired:
2005
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Installation
Media:
Light bulbs, bulb sockets, electric wire and transformer
Dimensions:
Dimensions variables segons la instal·lació
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Long-term loan of Brondesbury Holdings Ltd.
Copyright:
Copyright Felix Gonzalez-Torres
It has accessibility resources:
No

Accessibility resources
High-relief image
Tactile reproductions
Texts in braille

The MACBA Collection features Catalan, Spanish and international art and, although it includes works from the 1920s onwards, its primary focus is on the period between the 1960s and the present.

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I like to work with what is often called "cultural heritage", but the materials that I use are banal and clichéd, like sugar blocks, doors, couscous, rugs, official documents.
Latifa Echakhch