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Johan Creten - Massu / Library Version

Johan Creten
Massu / Library Version
2017

Signed, numbered & stamp of the foundry under the base
Patinated bronze, lost wax casting iron
29 x 6 x 6 cm
11 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 Inches
Edition 1 of 8

Since the 1980s, Johan Creten has proven to be a true trailblazer in the resurgence of ceramics and the use of traditional techniques in the contemporary art world.

'Massu', cast in bronze, punctuates the space. Both stable and dynamic, this pillar shoots upwards in a burst of vital energy. Creten took to working with bronze about ten years ago, seeing the material’s potential for sculptural experimentation. The continuity and regularity of this work cause it to enter into dialogue with Brancusi’s ‘Endless Columns’, revealing a shared gestural radicalness and a desire for immemorial elevation present in both artists’ practices. Different versions and editions of the sculpture have been shown at the Middelheimmuseum in Antwerp, Belgium (2014), the Gellone Abbey in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, France (2015) and are part of the permanent collection of the NOMA (The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art) in the United States.