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Theodoros

Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center

In 1963 Theodoros appropriated Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel, 1913, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the readymade and paying homage to Duchamp. He incorporated it into a sculpture entitled Insect Perdu à la Roue de Bicyclette (Lost insect with bicycle wheel, 1963), which was attached to the wheel and suspended in midair. The inverted wheel—no longer a readymade—became the base or pedestal of a sculpture.

In this show, Theodoros once again turned to the bicycle wheel, as well as to other objects used in his earlier works. Set in this new context, the objects and signs did not change meaning; rather, they became part of his repeated artistic vocabulary, used here to structure his oeuvre.

The main body of this exhibition was comprised of the two sculptures Environment—Balance A and B, 1990. These were scaled-down pieces, in which the bicycle wheel was reduced in size. The wheel is the

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