The New York Collection
The New York Collection for Stockholm was Pontus Hultén’s last major contribution to Moderna Museet – and his parting gift. He moved to Paris in 1974 to become the director of Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou. The collection was initiated in 1971 by the Swedish engineer Billy Klüver, who was an active member of Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT), an independent forum for contemporary art in New York. Klüver wanted to compile a collection of key works by American and European artists who had worked in New York in the 1960s. He contacted Pontus Hultén to ask if Moderna Museet would be interested in such a collection. Thanks to intensive fundraising, and a print portfolio contributed to the collection by the artists themselves, the works eventually arrived at Moderna Museet in 1973.
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© Hans Haacke/Bildupphovsrätt 2017
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Category:Sculptures
Date:1960s
Artist
Hans Haacke
Born 1936
Germany Vandrande högspänningsurladdning, 1968
High Voltage Discharge Travelling
Glas pipes, electrodes, 15 kV transformer, cable, fan
680 × 16 × 16 cm (267 11/16 × 6 5/16 × 6 5/16 in.)
Sculptures
Donation 1973 (New York Collection)
NMSK 2167 This artwork is not on display
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- About the work
A generator sends an electric current through two parallel metal wires in a glass tube. A short-circuit takes place and a flame flares up. A fan makes the flame move. And the pattern repeats itself constantly.Hans Haacke is interested in systems, both in physics and in social and political contexts. A work by Haacke can be a technically complex sculpture, or an examination of society. Using photographs and facts A Real-Time Social System exposed the landlords of New York slums. The work was supposed to be shown at the Guggenheim Museum in 1971, but due to its controversial nature the exhibition was cancelled.
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