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Jan De Cock

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Jan De Cock’s first US museum exhibition is a multipart installation featuring a complex display of framed images punctuated by boxlike plywood modules. A larger wooden structure, spotted with recesses and reliefs and evocative of both Minimalist sculpture and De Stijl architecture, sits on the floor as if to obstruct one’s progress through the gallery. The photographs, mostly taken by the artist, depict buildings, landscapes, and artworks (including previous installations and projects by the artist), as well as shots of MoMA’s own architecture, conservation labs, library, cinema, and education center. The effect is, of course, self-referential. The work is titled Denkmal 11, Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, 2008: Denkmal is included in the title of all the artist’s works, suggesting that each of them is a monument (and memorial—the word signifies both in German) and a

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