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Hanging Spatial Construction No. 12 (Oval in Oval)

In 1920 and 1921, Rodchenko created a series of hanging spatial constructions. Each explored the aesthetic possibilities offered by different geometric shapes, including ovals, circles, and squares. All were later destroyed, with the exception of Oval in Oval, which was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The original was constructed in plywood, but this 1973 editioned replica, created under the auspices of Galerie Gmurzynska in Cologne, was made of aluminum. Rodchenko’s sculpture is notable for its combination of two-dimensional and three-dimensional properties.

Alexander Rodchenko
Russian, 1891‒1956
Hanging Spatial Construction No. 12 (Oval in Oval)
1920–21 (1973 editioned replica)
Aluminum; edition 2/3
20 1/8 x 33 x 18 ½ in. (51.1 x 83.8 x 47.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 75.35.5

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