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Collections Morning Cleaning, Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona

Collections Morning Cleaning, Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona

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Image
Courtesy Walker Art Center
Rights
© Jeff Wall
Title
Morning Cleaning, Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona
Artist
Jeff Wall
Date
1999
Dimensions
overall 81.125 × 145.75 × 10.25 inches
Materials
Cibachrome transparency, fluorescent bulbs, aluminum display case
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Photographs (Photographs)
Accession Number
2000.109.1-.8
Edition
½ with 1 A.P.
Physical Description
An image of a man cleaning the interior windows of the Van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2000
Object Copyright
© Jeff Wall (image credits)

object label Jeff Wall, Morning Cleaning, Mies Van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona (1999) , 2000

In the late 1970s, Canadian artist Jeff Wall emerged as one of the most influential figures working with the medium of photography. The body of his work radically questions the meaning of photography and its relationship to both life and art. Touching on the fields of art history, advertising, cinematography and, most recently, computer technology, he has opened new possibilities in the genre of narrative photography.

Wall is best known for his innovative use of the light box in creating large-scale Cibachrome transparencies distinguished by vibrant colors and clarity of detail. Reminiscent of illuminated advertising displays, his works often contain disturbing, unsettling elements. The seemingly familiar world he depicts is a deliberately constructed reality, an elaborately detailed mise-en-scène that addresses contradictions in today’s culture of spectacle.

Pictured here is the Mies van der Rohe pavilion in Barcelona, Spain, an archetypal model of modernist architecture (the building, demolished in 1930, was rebuilt in 1959 to its original 1928-1929 design). Instead of celebrating the building’s iconicity, Wall captures a moment of everyday life that would otherwise go unacknowledged. This documentary yet metaphoric image simultaneously unveils the realistic and the conceptual aspects of the artist’s photographic language.

Label text for Jeff Wall, Morning Cleaning, Mies Van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona (1999), from the exhibition State of the Art: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, July 22-October 8, 2000.

Copyright 2000 Walker Art Center