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Square with two bars

Square with two bars, 2020 - Peter Downsbrough

Square with two bars, 2020

Peter Downsbrough  

102,5 x 40 x 2,5 cm / 40.35 x 15.75 x 0.98 inch
Edition of 9 copies, signed by the artist on certificate

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  • Medium: Powder-coated steel
  • This work is ready to be installed
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about this work

As is often the case with Peter Downsbrough’s work, this edition can be considered a spatial intervention that focuses on our relationship with space. This wall work consists of a powder-coated steel square measuring 40 x 40 cm, and two powder-coated steel bars of 20 cm, that when installed relate to each other.

These geometric shapes define the space around us, intersect with it and demarcate it. They make us think about how to understand the space that surrounds us.

As a starting position, Peter Downbrough proposes to install Square with two bars as pictured above, but as a collector, you are free to install the work as you please – creating another relationship between the three different elements and the room they are installed in.


about Peter Downsbrough

Since the end of the 1960s, conceptual artist Peter Downsbrough changed the perception about art thoroughly. At the basis of his strong diversified oeuvre, lies a highly distilled, visual vocabulary, which he uses to examine a given space in a very personal and precise manner. In this way, Downsbrough frequently adopts written language in the form of conjunctions, prepositions, verbs and/or pronouns and applies them to walls, floors and ceilings, often in combination with taut lines made of black tape.

Words like ‘as’, ‘if’ or ‘but’ have a double function: on the one hand, they work as iconographic characters, which emphasize and reveal the space, while on the other hand they offer the viewer several possibilities of interpretation. Despite the impersonal nature of the elements, Downsbrough manages to create a very familiar word/image-universe with minimal interventions and a limited vocabulary.

Peter Downsbrough has had several solo exhibitions at international institutions, including Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin; Espace d’art contemporain, Lyon; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź; FRAC, Bourgogne, Dijon; BOZAR, Brussels; MAMCO, Geneva; Wide White Space, Antwerp; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

Downsbrough’s work was also included in numerous group exhibitions, such as Friendly Takeover at Marta, Herford; In the Face of Spatial Grandeur, Circuit (curated by Frédéric Chapon) at Centre d’art Contemporain, Lausanne; Less Is More: Pictures, Objects, Concepts from the Collection and the Archives of Herman and Nicole Daled 1966–1978 at Haus der Kunst, Munich; No Comments (curated by Guy Schraenen) at Museu Serralves, Porto; Mamco, Geneva; MACBA, Barcelona; MoMA, New York; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit.

His work is also present in many important collections, including The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Sammlung Marzona, Staatliche Kunstbibliothek zu Berlin; The Tate Gallery Library, London; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon; FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque; MACBA, Barcelona; MAMCO, Geneva; and S.MA.K., Ghent.

Peter Downsbrough is represented by the following galleries;
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Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston

àngels barcelona, Barcelona

Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris

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