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Étienne Chambaud, Objet rédimé (The Bottle), 2010, glass, wire cable, pulley, dimensions variable.

Étienne Chambaud

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Étienne Chambaud, Objet rédimé (The Bottle), 2010, glass, wire cable, pulley, dimensions variable.

Objets rédimés” (Redeemed Objects) was an exhibition in the high Duchampian idiom. Seven circles of debris on the floor contained the remains of glass molds of various objects—an umbrella, a rope, a broom, a bottle, a hammer, a bag, and some books—that had been dropped from the gallery ceiling. The exhibition thus marked seven destructions. Each time one of these “redeemed objects” is displayed, it is, necessarily, destroyed. Moreover, since Étienne Chambaud has produced only eight casts of each object, the amount of available installation-destructions is limited; each presentation of these molds thus marks a step towards their total disappearance.

The exhibition’s title is a bilingual pun. It takes as its subject the most famous, or at least notorious, of Duchampian gestures or inventions: the readymade. Rédimés, which in French means “redeemed,” sounds like the English

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