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© Claes Oldenburg
Claes Oldenburg
Born 1929
United States, Born Sweden Model (Ghost) Medicine Cabinet, 1966
Spökmodell till badrumsskåp
Acrylic and pencil on textile, wood, plaster and cord, lacquered metal
225 × 81 × 67 cm (88 9/16 × 31 7/8 × 26 3/8 in.)
Purchase 1967
NMSK 1973 On view at Stockholm
- About the work


In 1961, Oldenburg opened The Store, in a shop with a front window facing East 2nd Street in New York. The shelves and cabinets in the combined gallery and retail outlet displayed an array of goods on sale, including cigarettes, fast food, cakes and clothing – but as objects sculpted in plaster and chicken wire.


Oldenburg’s first “soft sculpture” was made the following year. Together with his then wife, Patty Mucha, he made a gigantic soft hamburger and an ice cream cone measuring more than three metres, which were exhibited at the Green Gallery in New York. In the ensuing years, the couple collaborated to make bathtubs, toilets, enlarged light switches and electric mixers in the form of soft sculptures; separated from their original purposes.


The soft sculptures were often made in multiple varieties, as sewn objects in brightly coloured, shiny vinyl, enlarged, or – as in the case of Model (Ghost) Medicine Cabinet in the Moderna Museet collection – as white-painted canvas “ghost versions”. These were initially created as studies, but have later come to be regarded as independent works of art. Model (Ghost) Medicine Cabinet was acquired to the Moderna Museet collection in connection with Claes Oldenburg’s solo show at the museum in 1966.

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