Ether Body: Materiality and Transcendence

Louise Cone, Birgitte Anderberg, Claus Carstensen

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Ether Body, 1986, by the artist Claus Carstensen (b.1957, Denmark), is an important work in the contemporary collection of the National Gallery of Denmark, Statens Museum for Kunst. It consists of oil and dispersion paint, asphalt lacquer, urine, twigs, soft polyurethane ether foam and industrial grease on canvas. After only 33 years at the museum, the foam had reached a critical state of degradation: what once was blue, white and pink had changed color to dark orange and greenish-brown, was crumbling badly and detaching from the painting. A radical and ambitious conservation project was thus undertaken within the gallery, in an open studio, where the artist, conservator and curator worked together, not only to replace the degraded foam, but to re-start the degradation process.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date15 Nov 2019
Publication statusSubmitted - 15 Nov 2019
EventÆterlegeme. Materialitet og transcendens - Statens Museum for Kunst, København
Duration: 13 Mar 2019 → …


SeminarÆterlegeme. Materialitet og transcendens
LocationStatens Museum for Kunst
Period13/03/2019 → …

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