Manfred Pernice

Block F

1999

Not on display
Artist
Manfred Pernice born 1963
Medium
Wood, Plexiglas, fluorescent lights, printed paper and photographs on transparent paper
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 2850 x 3460 x 2015 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from Charles Asprey 2006
Reference
T12302

Display caption

Pernice has a long-standing interest in containers, particularly those designed for storage and transportation. Block F consists of twelve chipboard boxes resembling miniature versions of the crates used on container ships, which have associations with world-wide mobility and the temporary stationing of people and goods. They have been stacked to form a large block, vaguely resembling the prefabricated units used to house workers on building sites in Berlin. On the front of the construction are a text by the Austrian novelist Ingeborg Bachmann and two photographs that suggest romantic escape and despair.

Gallery label, April 2008

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