a tale of a few cities

Birth of Christo

Posted in Art, Birth of..., Sculpture, surrealism by petercombe on December 14, 2010

Man RayThe enigma of Isidore Ducasse, 1920 (reconstructed 1971)



The Surreal House, London

Posted in architecture, Art, London, surrealism by petercombe on September 26, 2010

Top, ‘Au Natural’ by Sarah Lucas, 1994

Bottom, ‘Priere de Toucher‘ by Marcel Duchamp, 1947

With a full house of starry artists and wunderkammer appeal, this exhibition had all the building blocks of a sure-fire summer hit. It boasted no less than 150 works, including that of founding fathers and mothers like Louise Bourgeois, René Magritte and Hans Bellmer, alongside later scions such as Sarah Lucas and Rachel Whiteread, film-makers Buster Keaton, Jean Cocteau and Maya Deren and architect Rem Koolhaas. Providing the literal framework, young architects Carmody Groarke set out to transform the Barbican’s galleries into a surreal house, with exhibits standing in for wobbly fittings and fixtures beginning with Marcel Duchamp‘s relief of a woman’s breast, which doubles as a doorbell. Skye Sherwin, The Guardian


just my cuppa tea

Posted in flora and fauna, Sculpture by petercombe on March 19, 2010

Suit 2, Markus Leitsch, (Austrian 1978 – )


Object, Meret Oppenheim (Swiss, 1913-1985)



David Pompa

Posted in Art, design, Uncategorized by petercombe on November 2, 2009


A piece from the collection of office furniture called Surreal Minimalism by Austria-based designer David Pompa>

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