Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Amie Siegel's Provenance

The very best piece in an exhibit I saw at the MAXXI (love the name) museum, the main contemporary art museum here, is a film by Amie Siegel, which slowly reveals, backwards, the story of chairs from the capitol building in Chandigarh, designed by Le Corbusier, as they are auctioned, as they are measured and packed, as they travel across the ocean, as they sit awaiting their fate in the chambers of Chandigarh.  It is amazingly document about global trade, the art market, and the fetish for modernist design.

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