Dan Flavin ‘Monument’ for V. Tatlin 1966–9

Artwork details

Artist
Dan Flavin 1933–1996
Title
‘Monument’ for V. Tatlin
Date 1966–9
Medium Fluorescent tubes and metal
Dimensions Object: 3054 x 584 x 89 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1971
Reference
T01323

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Flavin had a special admiration for the Russian artist Vladimir Tatlin’s proposed design for the Monument to the Third International, a revolving spiral that would have been taller than the Eiffel Tower. Like all Flavin’s sculptures, this work was made using pre-fabricated fluorescent tubes. He described it as a ‘monument’ partly as a joke, aware of the disparity between its modest materials and the traditional grandeur of monumental sculpture.

August 2004

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