Hélio Oiticica B17 Glass Bólide 05 ‘Homage to Mondrian’ 1965

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Hélio Oiticica 1937–1980
B17 Glass Bólide 05 ‘Homage to Mondrian’
B17 Bólide vidro 05 'Homenagem a Mondrian'
Date 1965
Medium Glass, textile, water, pigment and cork
Dimensions 300 x 475 x 600 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, Tate Members and the Art Fund 2007
Not on display

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In the mid-1960s Oiticica began to make the Bólides (or Fireballs), sculptural objects aimed at exploring the structure of colour. The Glass Bólides were a distinct group, consisting of large glass jars or containers. Here, colour in the form of pigment is dissolved in water and is also applied to coarse fabric, showing Oiticica’s interest in exploring the physical properties of colour. The dedication to Piet Mondrian, known for his abstract-geometric paintings in primary colours, acknowledges his influence on Oiticica but its use here for a dramatically contrasting work stresses Oiticica’s own unique development.

April 2009

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