The Royal Academy - The 'Readymade' and Destruction in Art

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Many of the strategies that Ai Weiwei employs as an artist can be easily aligned within the legacy of iconoclasm and the notion of art under attack. Works such as Dropping a Han-Dynasty Urn, Han Dynasty Urn with Coca-Cola Logo and Kippe all possess an action or process by the artist which subverts the original visual representation and meaning of an object.

Dario Gamboni, Professor of Art History at the University of Geneva, chairs this panel, which invites speakers to discuss the intention and meaning behind the destructive processes in art’s creation and display, and the impact this has on the way we interact and react to its emotive power to shock and subvert meaning.

Panellists include:

• Artist Christian Marclay, who first became internationally known in the 1980s for his reassembled readymades created from fragmented vinyl records, in his series of work Recycled Records.

• Cornelia Parker RA, who explores the transformation of material matter and function in her art.

Together they will join art historian Dr Ros Holmes (University of Oxford) to consider this provocative topic.
2 Oct 2015

Event (Conference)

TitleThe Readymade and Destruction in Art
Period2/10/15 → …
Web address (URL)
LocationRoyal Academy of Arts
CountryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionInternational event