Victor Grippo Life, Death, Resurrection 1980

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 205

Grippo’s works often take the form of science experiments, combining organic materials with found and sculpted objects to demonstrate processes of change and transformation. This display, part of a series of sculptures installed together in Buenos Aires in 1980, includes two parts. The first, a disassembled violin filled with corn, refers to an old technique used to delicately open string instruments. The second and main component presents geometric lead containers with red beans inside, which were germinated and allowed to grow until they split open the vessels. A metaphor for the force and persistence of life, this work took on a special meaning during Argentina’s military dictatorship of 1976–83.

Gallery label from 2022
Lead, violin, wood, beans, and corn
Overall dimensions variable
Latin American and Caribbean Fund and purchase
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

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