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Nom de guerre

2007Concrete, metal, and ethanol combustion
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Nom de guerre (2007), is a piece specifically conceived for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s institutional context. The piece consists of two elements: a metal container standing on a concrete block filled with fuel that burns constantly as an improvised cauldron and a vertical ventilation pipe the museum requires to evacuate the smoke. This work, simple in its craftsmanship, yet complex in its condensation of meaning, forays into three fundamental fields of significance: fire as a symbolic element, sculpture as an exercise in critical representation and contemporary social angst.

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Nom de guerre




Concrete, metal, and ethanol combustion

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Container: 56 x 80 x 38 cm


Overall dimensions variable

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Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa