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This work, made in 1972, is one of Neagu’s later ‘tactile objects’. It shows the artist experimenting with a wider range of materials. The hinged lid of the wooden box opens to reveal small cardboard boxes set in papier maché.

The encrusted appearance of the papier maché gives the object an amorphous and organic quality, and reinforces its tactile nature. Like Great Tactile Table, also shown in this room, the boxes would have contained small objects or materials for the spectator to handle.

May 2003