- Sandú Darié
- painted wood construction
- 39 3/8 by 39 3/8 in. 100 by 100 cm. (dimensions variable)
- Executed circa 1960.
Collection of Fausto Orihuela, Havana (acquired from the above circa 1970)
Private Collection, Havana (acquired by descent from the above)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2016
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Darié began to chase these “endless combinations” in the mid-1950s with the seminal series Estructuras transformables (transformable structures), to which the present work belongs. Here, Darié steps outside the Arp-like two dimensionality of his reliefs, creating an endlessly variable object by joining the “strips of wood” together and removing the central picture plane entirely. Thus, he creates an object that requires the spectator’s active participation: not only in the viewing, but the creation of the artwork. This revolutionary step “…constituted a transmutable form which, from the point of view of the composition, resulted in the autonomy of the work over the discursive will of the creator himself.” (Beatriz Gago in Más que 10 concretos, Madrid 2015, p. 43) With this gesture, Darié moves from the realm of the plastic into the realm of the spiritual, reflecting his fascination with the idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk, the complete and all-encompassing work of art. In an increasingly repressive political environment, Darié achieved ultimate freedom through his work, creating finite objects which contain infinite possibility.