Het Ding (Untitled, 1957)

Mels van Zutphen Short documentary - 2018 - 17 min.

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The Russian modernist sculptor Naum Gabo incorporated grand ideas in his artworks. They have not exactly taken root in Rotterdam, where his sculpture in front of the Bijenkorf is simply called 'The Thing'.

This documentary about the restoration of Naum Gabo’s nameless sculpture from 1957 combines awe-inspiring shots of this artwork with audio fragments from Gabo’s fiery Russian manifests. Meanwhile, the unknowing Rotterdam shoppers pass the sculpture day by day, without any understanding of its historical value. This way, a utopian future vision for the function of art is coupled with an indifferent present, where this public artwork is just taken for granted. 


Director(s) Mels van Zutphen
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