collection

LENIN: 8qm

  • 2000
  • Olaf Nicolai
  • sequins, silk, embroidered label
  • 278 x 278 cm
  • Location VAM, B2, 04, 00
  • Acquired in 2010
  • Inventory number 2988

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Description

Right after the Russian Revolution, Lenin calls for a redivision of available housing space. Based on a Communist principle of equality, each adult is allocated a private space measuring eight square metres. This floor surface is represented by the artist through a hand-made rug in silver sequin fabric. The silk lining shows an embroidered label with the word ‘LENIN’. The fabric is from a series of Prada evening dresses from 2000, a symbol of luxury. What do exclusivity and uniformity mean for the identity of man and state? Can we consider the rug as an ode to the private space?

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