Cildo Meireles - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, April 16, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria Continua, San Gimignano
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    51st Venice Biennial, 12 June - 6 November 2005 (another example from the Descalza series exhibited)

  • Artist Biography

    Cildo Meireles

    Brazilian • 1948

    At the core of Cildo Meireles' conceptual artistic practice is an interest in the functions of economic and political systems. Meireles forms part of the younger generation of Brazilian Neo-Concrete artists who were chiefly concerned with integrating spectator participation in the execution of their artworks, provoking the viewer's sensorial awareness.

    In his seminal series, Insertion In Ideological Circuits 2: Banknote Project (1970), Meireles printed politically subversive messages on American and Brazilian banknotes and sent them into circulation. This vandalism forced viewers to confront the reality of their political and economic systems and question their role and participation within said systems. This one series is emblematic of his larger body of work, which continues to intrigue and confound viewers today.

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Property from an Esteemed European Collection


Prototype for "Descala"

corten steel
300 x 50 x 5 cm (118 1/8 x 19 5/8 x 1 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2002.

£50,000 - 70,000 

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Specialist, Director, Head of Day Sale, 20th Century & Contemporary Art

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 16 April 2021