Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store, Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing

Claes Oldenburg’s audacious, witty, and profound depictions of everyday objects have earned him a reputation as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. This exhibition examines the beginnings of Oldenburg’s extraordinary career with an in-depth look at his first two major bodies of work: The Street (1960) and The Store (1961–64).

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in New York, United States.
From Sunday 14 April 2013 to Monday 05 August 2013

Floor Cone (1962) in front of Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles image Pastry Case, I image Empire (Papa) Ray Gun image Two Girls’ Dresses image Floor Burger.. image Mouse Museum image Braselette image Ray Gun Poster image Street Head III (Profile with Hat) image Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich) image C-E-L-I-N-E Backwards image

Published by MOMA on Thursday 31 January 2013.
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During this intensely productive period Oldenburg redefined the relationship between painting and sculpture and between subject and form. The Street comprises objects made from cardboard, burlap, and newspaper that together create an immersive panorama of a gritty and bustling city. The Store features brightly painted sculptures and sculptural reliefs shaped to evoke commercial products and comestibles. In The Store, cigarettes, lingerie, and hamburgers all become viable subjects for art.

On view in The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium are Oldenburg’s Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing. Created in the 1970s, these two architectural structures present careful arrangements of readymade objects alongside various tests and experiments from Oldenburg’s studio. Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing propose equivalence between collecting and creating, while dissolving the distinction between everyday items and museum treasures.

The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor
The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor