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Naturformen der Kunst
Naturformen der Kunst II, 1998 - 2000
mussels, steel, resin, 68 x 25 x 25 cm

The title "Naturformen der Kunst" (lit. Nature Forms of Art) reverses the title of Ernst Haeckel's book Kunstformen der Natur (Art Forms of Nature). Artefacts are exposed to natural processes, in order to arrive at new forms. The object entitled "Naturformen der Kunst II" is an hommage to Marcel Broodthaers' work "Casserole et moules fermées" from 1964. While Broodthaers was interested in the abstract form, for which, in contrast to the arbitrary distribution of cooking, he subjected the mussels to an artistic order, the crustaceans in "Naturformen der Kunst II," in accordance with their natural order, were bred and preserved on a wooden log.