Mark Dion, ‘My Most Priceless Treasure (unicorn)’, 2004, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Kunzt Gallery
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Mark Dion

My Most Priceless Treasure (unicorn), 2004

Mixed Media
70 9/10 × 9 4/5 × 9 4/5 in
180 × 25 × 25 cm
Edition of 10 + 2 AP
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Location
Montevideo, Munich
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Kunzt Gallery
Montevideo, Munich

Unicorn (narwhale tooth replica), gold leaf, paper, ink. Sculpture size: 170 cm - Wooden crate …

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Mark Dion
American, b. 1961
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Mark Dion creates taxonomic installations that explore the way institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Collecting objects and ephemera, Dion then arranges them for display in installations redolent of historical curiosity cabinets. Engaging in a form of amateur archaeology, Dion has dredged a canal in Venice for a piece at the Biennale, and the London Thames for an installation at the Tate Modern. For Rescue Archaeology (2004) at the Museum of Modern Art, he conducted excavations of the construction site for the building’s extension in 2000, uncovering old keys, bathroom tiles, and fragments of wallpaper, among other objects. Dion says of his Post-Minimalist-inspired process of accumulating objects and exploring museum ideologies: “The job of the artist is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention.”

Mark Dion, ‘My Most Priceless Treasure (unicorn)’, 2004, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Kunzt Gallery
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Kunzt Gallery
Montevideo, Munich

Unicorn (narwhale tooth replica), gold leaf, paper, ink. Sculpture size: 170 cm - Wooden crate size: 180 x 25 x 25 cm - Quote on the label: “my most priceless treasure is the unicorn horn which doth sweat in the presence of poison and when touched to any venomous material doth have the power of transmuting them. …

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Mark Dion
American, b. 1961
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Mark Dion creates taxonomic installations that explore the way institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Collecting objects and ephemera, Dion then arranges them for display in installations redolent of historical curiosity cabinets. Engaging in a form of amateur archaeology, Dion has dredged a canal in Venice for a piece at the Biennale, and the London Thames for an installation at the Tate Modern. For Rescue Archaeology (2004) at the Museum of Modern Art, he conducted excavations of the construction site for the building’s extension in 2000, uncovering old keys, bathroom tiles, and fragments of wallpaper, among other objects. Dion says of his Post-Minimalist-inspired process of accumulating objects and exploring museum ideologies: “The job of the artist is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention.”

Mark Dion

My Most Priceless Treasure (unicorn), 2004

Mixed Media
70 9/10 × 9 4/5 × 9 4/5 in
180 × 25 × 25 cm
Edition of 10 + 2 AP
.
Contact For Price
Location
Montevideo, Munich
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