Angel of the Hearth(2011)
Stainless steel, plaster
(125 × 110 × 75 cm)
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In a full-scale, abstracted version of a part of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion stands an unusual incarnation of his 1929 Barcelona chair. Here the famous design icon has undergone a metamorphosis, transformed into a sculpture or an archaeological artefact. In its new form as a design ruin it opens for future mutations and misinterpretations of designs and values we today take for granted.

The title of the sculpture, Angel of the Hearth, is a reference to Max Ernst’s painting Angel of the Hearth (The Triumph of Surrealism) from 1937 in which a ghostly “angel” dances across the landscape in a premonition of the horror about to strike Europe.