Condensation Cube, one of Hans Haacke's works from the MACBA Collection, is part of the Space is the Place exhibition at the Musée cantonal de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC), from Lausanne. Made between 1963 and 1968, it is one of Hans Haacke’s earlier works. While over time the artist developed a critique of art as an institution and system, these early works focus on art in the sense of process and physical system. Interested in biology, ecology and cybernetics, in the mid-sixties Haacke was influenced by the ideas of Ludwig von Bertalanffy, especially those outlined in his General System Theory of 1968. For the Austrian biologist and philosopher, a living organism is an open system that continuously changes depending on its dialogue or interaction with the environment. Haacke’s early works, such as Condensation Cube, transpose this concept to the realm of art.

Works in the collection by Hans Haacke