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    lot 50 — Malte Bartsch, Agave (2021)

sold in slot Conceptual in auction Chapter 1
Concluded. 2021/8/21, 3 pm to 6 pm
auction finished. artworks are no longer visible for licensing reasons.

minimum price   1.200 €
price estimate   1.600 €
sale price   1.700 €

size   30 x 30 x 16 cm
edition   von 6
signature   Mit Zertifikat
provenience   Direkt aus dem Atelier des Künstlers
condition   Makellos
technique   Aluminiumguss

Every work in the edition is unique!

The industrial material, made from discarded aluminium rims, imitates nature in order to rejoin something other than the circuit of recyclable materials. In nature, the large graceful plants are growing for decades before they form a single flower stem. They, too, invest. But not in sustainability or in self-optimization, but in complete, self-abandoning expenditure: a single blossom. An economic nightmare. The agave traditionally grows in Mexico, Central America and Panama. Not only does it encapsulate the longing for a vulnerable body, but also the longing for faraway places, for people’s wanderlust, which on the one hand destroys the planet and on the other hand brings it closer together. The insuperable contradiction that one has to endure when acting globally. Human needs nature and yet consistently destroys it. And somewhere between the self-optimizing search for meaning and turbo-capitalism, the antennae for beauty and transience have been lost. Both flare up again in a well-dosed manner in Malte Bartsch’s works.

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