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Opposition and Sister Squares Reconciled

Opposition and Sister Squares Reconciled, 2011 - Marcel Dzama

Opposition and Sister Squares Reconciled, 2011

Marcel Dzama  

Work on paper, Mixed Media
23,5 x 26,5 cm / 9.25 x 10.43 inch
Unique collage in a series of 20 motifs, signed by the artist

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  • Medium: Collage and drawing on black cardboard
  • Comes with a copy of Marcel Duchamp's publication Opposition and Sister Squares Reconciled
  • This work is unframed
  • Ships from / pick up at Cologne (DE)

about this work

This edition is part of Salon Verlag's Ex Libris Series, for which they invite an artist to reprint their 'favourite' book. Each re-printed book comes with a special artist designed cover or dust jacket. These publications cover various disciplines - including medicine, physics, literature, philosophy, travel, art history and urban planning - and provide insight into the creative backgrounds of the invited artist.  Of every book, Salon Verlag makes a limited collector's edition that comes with limited edition print or unique artwork. 

Marcel Dzama says "I have chosen to have Marcel Duchamp‘s book re-printed quite simply because I love both Duchamp and chess. In it‘s original printing it didn't fare too well selling-wise and Duchamp apparently had a closet full of the books which he gifted to friends whenever they came over to his home. Regarding the book‘s failure to sell he has been quoted as saying, "..that the problem it poses, only comes up once in a lifetime even for chess masters." I also like this quote by Ernst Strouhal, Opposition and Sister Squares is an artist‘s book for chess players and a chess book for artists."


about Marcel Dzama

Since the late 1990s, Marcel Dzama has developed an immediately recognizable visual language that investigates human action and motivation, as well as the blurred relationship between the real and the subconscious. Drawing equally from folk vernacular as from art-historical and contemporary influences, Dzama’s work visualizes a universe of childhood fantasies and otherworldly fairy tales.

(courtesy of David Zwirner)

Marcel Dzama had solo exhibitions at Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Kunstmuseum Thun; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Kunstverein Braunschweig; Le Magasin – Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga; and Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.

Work by the Marcel Dzama is held in museum collections worldwide, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Dallas Museum of Art; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Gallery, London; and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Marcel Dzama is represented by the following galleries;
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Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf 

Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp 

Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm 

David Zwirner, New York / London / Paris / Hong Kong 

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