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Date: 2000
Support: Mixed media
Dimensions: 180 x 140cm
Acrylic on mirror
© Adagp, Paris, 2002

During the 1970s, Bertrand Lavier created photographic works, and later repainted objects in view of creating a painting. Examples include a piano, a window, a refrigerator, and a mirror, covered in a thick layer of paint of the same colour as the original object. Lavier’s mirror is covered with a thick coat of metallic paint. The surface becomes opaque with a few light reflections. The mirror is hence of no practical use but gives the spectator the opportunity to experience something unusual: he will not find his own image but a metaphor of what identity is, shallow and hazy.

This work was loaned to the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum for the “Perspectives” exhibition from 25 April to 25 May 2014.

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