Made in USA, Shinkichi Tajiri, 1964

Made in USA, Shinkichi Tajiri, 1964

soldering, h 180cm × w 135cm More details
© erven Shinkichi Tajiri

With this predatory, virily-aggressive machine, the American–Japanese artist Tajiri gave expression to the kind of violence ‘made in USA’. He lived in the Netherlands, but made the sculpture when he was a guest lecturer in America in 1964. In that year, American participation in the Vietnam War intensified, as is reflected in this unreal figure, which conveys the aggressive language of the machine gun.

On display in room 3.4 Visit via the Highlights 1950-2000 tour

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