Hélio OiticicaB11 Box Bólide 09 1964

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Artist
Hélio Oiticica (1937‑1980)
Title
B11 Box Bólide 09
B11 Bólide caixa 09
Date 1964
MediumWood, glass and pigment
Dimensionsobject: 498 x 500 x 340 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, Tate Members and the Art Fund 2007
Reference
T12452

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The Bólides (or Fireballs) are a series of sculptural objects, which Oiticica referred to as ‘Trans-Objects’, in which colour is apparently ‘inflamed’ by light and therefore embodies energy. Originally designed to be handled, they frequently incorporate raw earth or pigment in powdered form and other inexpensive, everyday or organic materials such as shells. This large Box Bólide includes a series of drawers or panels which are pulled out to reveal their contents or the different colours in which they are painted.

November 2011

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