“The machine has become more than a mere adjunct of life. It is really a part of human life…perhaps the very soul. In seeking forms through which to interpret ideas or by which to expose human characteristics I have come at length upon the form which appears most brilliantly plastic and fraught with symbolism. I have enlisted the machinery of the modern world, and introduced it into my studio.”* Francis Picabia
The French artist Francis Picabia (1879-1953) was rooted in Cubism, but he also had close links to the Dada movement. Lately, his artistry has been highlighted and he is often paralleled with Duchamp.
VENTILATOR from around 1918 is a very interesting artwork, presumably from the same period as Kurt Schwitters started to make his well-known collages. The acquisition marks the beginning of a comprehensive art collection strategy, where HOK and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB collaborates to acquire and display artworks which enter into dialogue with the work of Schwitters.
In 2016 HOK and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB extended their strategy to build a representative collection of Schwitters’ work by introducing artists who work with similar subjects as him. You can see the painting of Picabia in the Kurt Schwitters exhibition space at HOK.
Image: Francis Picabia,Ventilator,about 1918.