Claes Oldenburg – The Street and The Store

© Claes Oldenburg
© Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg’s audacious, witty, and profound depictions of everyday objects have earned him a reputation as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. This exhibition examines the beginnings of Oldenburg’s extraordinary career with an in-depth look at his first two major bodies of work: The Street (1960) andThe Store (1961–64). During this intensely productive period Oldenburg redefined the relationship between painting and sculpture and between subject and form.

© Claes Oldenburg
© Claes Oldenburg

The Street comprises objects made from cardboard, burlap, and newspaper that together create an immersive panorama of a gritty and bustling city. The Store features brightly painted sculptures and sculptural reliefs shaped to evoke commercial products and comestibles. In The Store, cigarettes, lingerie, and hamburgers all become viable subjects for art.

© Claes Oldenburg
© Claes Oldenburg

On view in The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium are Oldenburg’s Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing. Created in the 1970s, these two architectural structures present careful arrangements of readymade objects alongside various tests and experiments from Oldenburg’s studio. Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing propose equivalence between collecting and creating, while dissolving the distinction between everyday items and museum treasures.

© Claes Oldenburg
© Claes Oldenburg

The exhibition is organized by MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien and MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Organized by Achim Hochdörfer, Curator, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien; and Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator, and Paulina Pobocha, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art.

Mumok

MoMA

Selected by Ingrid Melano
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