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Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art, 1959-1965 Staff Pick

When: Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 16 2020
Price: free admission
Following the economic boom after World War II, artist Daniel Spoerri realized that if artists could create sculptural works in large numbers, they could fill a burgeoning demand. Spoerri required that each of the objects have some built-in element that transformed their work, and artists responded by creating three-dimensional objects that incorporated a motor, pieces that were meant to be manipulated by the viewer and work that changed as viewers observed it. These kinetic sculptures, which Spoerri called "multiples," were released in three separate series under the title "Edition MAT" (multiplication d'art transformable). Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art, 1959-1965, the new exhibition at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, features at least one example of each item created for Spoerri's groundbreaking project. The exhibit is the first of its kind in the U.S. to gather all of the items together. Edition MAT features kinetic sculptures by Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Jesus Rafael Soto and Heinz Mack, among others. More than 100 multiples are included in the show. Edition MAT opens with a free public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 7, at the Kemper (1 Brookings Drive; www.kemperartmuseum.org). The exhibit remains on display through April 19.
— Paul Friswold

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