Eugenio Dittborn

To Hang Airmail Painting No.5


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Not on display

Eugenio Dittborn born 1943
Oil paint, monotype, wool and screenprint on paper
Support: 1720 × 1420 mm
Presented by the Latin American Acquisitions Committee, with funds provided by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery 2004

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The civilian government in Chile was overthrown in 1973 and the country became a dictatorship. Dittborn was part of a group of artists that explored ways of working in this political context and how to make links with the outside world. His ‘Airmail Paintings’ were designed to be folded and sent abroad. The destinations where the work has been displayed – including Tate – are recorded on the envelope, which forms part of the work. Dittborn compared the process to sending out a message in a bottle from a tiny island.

Gallery label, January 2019

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