Cildo Meireles - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gifted by the artist to the present owner

  • Exhibited

    London, Tate Modern; Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Gallery of Ontario, Cildo Meireles, 14 October 2008 - 27 June 2010, pp. 62-65 and 182 (another variant exhibited and illustrated, pp. 62-65)

  • 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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Interções em Circuitos Ideolõgicos: Projeto Coca-Cola

each printed with the artist's initials, titled, inscribed and dated 'INSERTIONS INTO IDEOLOGICAL CIRCUITS 1-Coca-Cola Project To register informations and critical opinions on bottles and return them to circulation [in English and Spanish] C.M. 5-70' on labels affixed to the bottles
transfer text on Coca-Cola glass bottle, in 3 parts
each 25.1 x 6 x 6 cm (9 7/8 x 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 in.)
Executed in 1970.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £35,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 3 October 2019