David Claerbout - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Sections of a Happy Moment, 2007, depicts a single moment in the life of a Chinese family on a sunlit square, surrounded by clean social housing. The figures, grouped in a circular composition around a ball hanging in mid-air, have been caught in an intimate family moment by a multitude of photo cameras, placed all around the scene.

    • Provenance

      Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, David Claerbout: Architecture of Narrative, 21 May - 6 September 2011 (another example exhibited)

    • Literature

      Berlin, Akademie der Künste, David Claerbout : Will-Grohmann-Preis 2007, exh. cat., 2008, p. 5 (another example illustrated)

Property from an Esteemed European Collection


Sections of a Happy Moment

signed and numbered '5/5 David Claerbout' on the artist's label affixed to the hard disk
video projection with stereo sound, duration 25:57 minute loop, hard disk, DVD disk, CD Rom and electrical components
ideal projection dimensions 375 x 5 cm (147 5/8 x 1 7/8 in.)
overall dimensions variable

Executed in 2007, this work is number 5 from an edition of 5 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Full Cataloguing

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £21,420

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Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Head of Day Sale, Director

20th Century & Contemporary Art

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 21 October 2020