Het Transcendente [The Transcendental]
Cross-overs between various levels of reality – dream, vision, utopia – fascinated many artists during the 1960s and ’70s. Their work reveals an uneasiness with the self-assured and universalist position of what we choose to call ‘the Essential’. Instead the artists of the Transcendental – many of whom belonged to the arte povera (‘poor art’) movement in Italy – created works open to interpretation and doubt and critique. These artists address issues that are relevant to humanity as a whole, but they often did so through individual, subjective, even idiosyncratic gestures. Their ideological identification was anti-authoritarian and deliberately open-ended.
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James Lee Byars, The Worl...
Jef Cornelis, James Lee Byars, The World Question Center, 1969. Film, single-channel video, b/w, sound, 01:02:06.
Tapis de sable
Marcel Broodthaers, Tapis de sable, 1974. Installation, quartz sand, pigments, palmtree in pot, printed terry cloth, 337 x 220 cm, 198 x 160 x 60 cm, 107 x 52.4 cm.