Walker Art Center: In Memory, Claes Oldenburg – Minneapolis, MN

Jul 24, 2022 | people/passions

We fondly remember artist Claes Oldenburg, who passed away at the age of 93. Oldenburg embraced what he called “the poetry of everywhere” by uncovering the mystery and power of commonplace objects through morphing their scale, shape, and texture.
By the early 1980s, he had begun to make monumental outdoor works with Coosje van Bruggen, his artistic and life partner. “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” now an iconic symbol for the Twin Cities, is one of their most celebrated collaborations. This fountain-sculpture was the first artwork commissioned for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which opened in 1988.
Image: Artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen at installation of “Spoonbridge and Cherry”, May 1988.
View: Walker Art Center’s collection features more than 350 of Oldenburg’s works, ranging from early performance-related objects to large-scale outdoor sculptures to drawings, prints, multiples and rare studies.

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