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Idiot (tablecloth & eight napkins)

Idiot (tablecloth & eight napkins), 2020 - Kris Martin

Idiot (tablecloth & eight napkins), 2020

Kris Martin  

Mixed Media
150 x 350 cm / 59.06 x 137.8 inch

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  • Medium: Damask cotton
  • This is a set of one tablecloth (350 x 150 cm) and eight napkins (each 50 x 50 cm)
  • This set of tablecloth & napkins is ready to be used. 
  • Pick up at / ships in 5 to 10 business days from Brussels (BE)

about this work

In 2005 Kris Martin copied Dostoevsky's novel The Idiot (1874) by hand and replaced every mention of the innocent and good-hearted main character Prince Myshkin with his own name 'Martin'. Since this key work, the word and concept 'Idiot' has become a recurrent motif in Martin's artistic practice. The word Idiot appears as a motif on this tablecloth and these napkins - almost invisibly woven into the artist's handwriting.

Damask is a weaving technique in which drawings are made on a background of the same colour. As a result, the drawing can only be seen clearly from a certain angle. This classic white table linen only reveals its poetic drawing after you have wiped your mouth for the first time.


This set includes one tablecloth measuring 350 x 150 cm and eight napkins, each measuring 50 x 50 cm.


about Kris Martin

Through sculpture, drawing, photography, performance and intervention, Kris Martin challenges the notion of history and time, by attempting to mark, halt or transcend its inevitable passing. By altering found objects through a subtle re-positioning or intervention, and by re-creating canonical works of art and literature, Martin's practice can be considered as poetic, deeply contemplative and situated within the traditions of conceptual art.

Kris Martin has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at MoMA PS1, New York; Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; CCA Wattis, San Francisco; and K20, Düsseldorf. His work has also been included in several group shows, among others at Tate Modern, London; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; and Fundación la Caixa, Barcelona. Kris Martin also participated in the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011; the 12th Istanbul Biennial in 2011; the 6th Liverpool Biennial in 2010; and the 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art in 2006.

Kris Martin is represented by the following galleries;
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König Galerie, Berlin / London / Tokyo

Sean Kelly, New York

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