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Formula Compound (A Combustion Chamber, An Exorcism)
1982 - steel, iron

Before the construction of a site specific artwork at Celle, each proposal is closely examined to understand how the work will be affected by the elements over time, as well as the regular maintenance it will require. It has always been the Collection's obligation to maintain the spaces as they were when the artist found them as much as possible. Unfortunately, in recent years, several hundred trees have been felled by destructive windstorms. The work that has suffered the most damage from these storms is Dennis Oppenheim's Formula Compound, designed as a complex fireworks machine. Its massive dimensions were dwarfed by a majestic oak tree that rose high above the piece, binding art and space even more closely. The large oak still lies next to the artwork, bearing witness to the force that nature unleashed on the night of April 20, 2005. A wide field surrounded by a thick wood hosts this work, composed of several overhead cables beginning at the top of the slope and ending at the towering structure at the heart of the work. From the tower, launching ramps extend toward the valley. A series of panels provide differing levels of transparency through which one can view the implied fireworks display.

Dennis Oppenheim

Dennis Oppenheim (Mason City, Washington 1938 - New York City 2011) Among the most important career exhibitions we recall here the ones held at: Vestsjaellands Kunstmuseum, Storgade; Kunstverein, Mannheim; Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo; Fundacio de Serralves, Oporto; Musée d'art modern et contemporain, Geneva (all of them in 1996); Pilkington SIV Plant, Marghera, during the Venice Biennale (1997); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (1997); Museo de Arte Alvar, Mexico City (1998); Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC (1999); Kunsthalle, Hamburg (1999); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2001); Ludwig Forum fur Internazionale Kunst, Aachen (2001); Whitney Museum of Art, New York (2003); Galerie de Lycée, FRAC de Picardie, Amiens (2004); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2005); Galleria ARCO, Turin (2005); Centre Cultural Bancaixa, Valencia (2005); Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York (2006); Parco archeologico di Solacium, Catanzaro (2009); Musée d'art moderne, St. Etienne (2011); Electronic Arts Intermix, New York City (2013); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2013-2014).

Permanent public artworks can be seen at Laumeier Sculture Park, Saint Louis, Missouri; Artpark, Lewiston, New York; University of Massachusetts, Boston; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls; Europos Parkas, Vilnius, Lithuania; Overland Park, Kansas; Thiers, France; Buenaventura, California; Olympic Sculpture Park, Seoul; Navalcarnero, Spain; Cincinnati, Ohio; Corvallis, Oregon; Riverdale, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Olympic Park, Seattle, Washington . For further information: www.dennis-oppenheim.com

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