Naum Gabo
Model for ‘Double Relief in a Niche’ 1929–30

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Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Model for ‘Double Relief in a Niche’
Date 1929–30
Medium Cellulose nitrate, cork and board on wood
Dimensions Object: 114 x 222 x 51 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1977
Not on display

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This model was made for a relief commissioned by the architect Eric Mendelsohn for his Berlin home in 1929. The relief was abandoned because the curved glasswork was too expensive. A drawing shows that it would have been three or four feet high, set into a wall above a sofa. The white plastic in the model represents the wall. The different forms and materials suggest the variety of ways in which Gabo sought to animate the internal space of the niche.

August 2004

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