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Half Tyre with Deflated Tube, 1987

Sculpture, 56 x 63 x 24 cm
A fundamental axis of Claes Oldenburg’s artistic practice is the transformation of matter by turning common objects of mass consumerism into soft sculptures. Negating the normal functions and meanings of these objects, the artist built a critique of his time through irony and humour, making him one of the greatest exponents of Pop art. Many of his works were carried out in collaboration with his wife, Coosje van Bruggen. In addition, Oldenburg experimented with large public sculptures that generally feature replicas of everyday objects on a monumental scale, such as Els mistos (Matches, 1992), located at a crossroads in the Barcelona neighbourhood of Horta-Guinardó.

Technical details

Original title:
Half Tyre with Deflated Tube
Registration number:
0028
Artist:
Oldenburg, Claes
Date created:
1987
Date acquired:
1988
Status:
On display
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Sculpture
Media:
Polyethylene, cardboard and acrylic painting.
Dimensions:
56 x 63 x 24 cm (height x width x depth)
Room:
Meier Building, Level 1, Room 5
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Copyright:
© Claes Oldenburg
It has accessibility resources:
No

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I paint as if I were walking in the street. I collect a pearl or a crust of bread; what I find around is what I offer
Joan Miró