Alejandro Xul Solar Pan Game and Marionette I Ching c. 1945

  • Not on view

Living in Europe in the 1910s, Xul Solar had direct contact with Italian Futurists and German Expressionists. He also became acquainted with various hermetic and occultist traditions, which led him to esotericism, astrology, and divinatory practices. In Argentina during the 1940s and 1950s, Xul Solar delved into the vast world of imaginary toys and plays, combining cabalistic ciphers, words, and hermetic phonemes. In this piece of the mid–1940s, Xul Solar's interest in theater, marionettes, and hexagram elements from the I Ching combine in an enigmatic and beautiful ensemble of objects. They anticipate works produced by the Fluxus movement of the 1960s, which focused on language, formless art, and actions from everyday life.

Gallery label from New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930–2006: Selections from a Decade of Acquisitions, November 21, 2007–February 25, 2008.
Medium
Painted wood, wood, metal, and plastic
Dimensions
Overall dimensions variable
Credit
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund, in honor of Agnes Gund
Object number
460.2007
Department
Painting and Sculpture
Provenance

The artist.
[Unknown Private collection, Buenos Aires]
2000 - 2007, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas, purchased through Christie’s, New York at Latin American Sale, Sale 9532, lot 51, November 21st and 22nd, 2000.
2007, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Exhibition history

MoMA Exh. #2022: "New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930-2006: Selections from a Decade of Acquisitions", 2nd Floor, November 21, 2007 - February 25, 2008

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