Danh Vō, ‘Lot 20. Two Kennedy Administration Cabinet Room Chairs’, 2013, Guggenheim Museum

Image rights: © Danh Vo Photo: Cathy Carver, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris

"Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim"

Venue: Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Purchased with funds contributed by the International Director’s Council 2013.13

About Danh Vō

Danh Vō’s conceptual works explore themes of appropriation and fragmentation, incorporating his experience as a Vietnamese-born Danish citizen and consistently using his own life as material. In a commentary on the practice of changing and rearranging immigrants’ names on arrival in their new home countries, Võ married and divorced several people in rapid succession in order to add their surnames to his own. He titled the work Vo Rosasco Rasmussen (2002-) after two of his spouses. Vō’s We the People (2011) is a scrupulous replica of fragments of the Statue of Liberty for which the artist took pains to ensure the same copper hammering technique. The resulting hollow pieces were exhibited spread out on the floor of a gallery space, highlighting the unexpected fragility of the original statue, visible in the thinness of its material. Vō won the Hugo Boss Prize in 2012.

Vietnamese and Danish, b. 1975, Ba Ria, Vietnam, based in Berlin, Germany