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Roman Ondak

Pinakothek der Moderne

It would have been easy enough for hundreds of Japanese steelworkers to cast a steel sculpture the size of a full-grown Serra—it was no doubt trickier to convince them to undertake the playful bit of bricolage Roman Ondak asked of them, a task they eventually carried out with imaginative precision: The artist gave 500 workers a chocolate bar apiece, asking them to save the wrapping paper and sculpt something out of it. A white veneer table, nearly twenty feet across, now serves as a wide pedestal to hold these tiny, shimmering silver sculptures—miniature boats, boots, heads, classical origami, simple folded shapes, animal bodies, intricately fashioned petals—all made out of thin sheets of tinfoil.

The result, Passage, 2004, formed the centerpiece of Ondak’s first solo exhibition at a German museum. After acquiring the work, Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne took the occasion to devote a show

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