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<EM>Gesamtkunsthandwerk</EM> by Karl Fritsch, Martino Gamper, and Francis Upritchard

<P>Curator Justine Olsen talks about the collaboration involved in this detailed, handmade installation</P>

Gesamtkunsthandwerk by Karl Fritsch, Martino Gamper, and Francis Upritchard
<P>This recording was created for Te Papa’s in-gallery audio tour.</P> <P>Transcript:</P> <P><STRONG>Justine Olsen</STRONG></P> <P>The domestic installation you see in front of you, <EM>Gesamtkunsthandwerk</EM>, reflects the haphazard nature of the way we live: objects arranged casually as the changing ritual of daily living leaves its mark.</P> <P>The work also represents many interesting ideas. Its title was given by the three collaborating artists and makers: sculptor Francis Upritchard, furniture maker Martino Gamper, and jeweller Karl Fritsch. </P> <P>In its original form, the word ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ refers to the German idea of the ‘total art work’, where art and design contribute to a complete artistic experience.</P> <P>This installation, however, focuses on the handmade nature of all the objects. The makers experimented with different media and reused items. Bronze, Formica, and a drawer are repurposed for new applications. </P> <P>Therefore, through the spirit of collaboration, one main idea is developed separately and yet together. Take <EM>Gingerbronze</EM>, for instance. If you’d like to look closer, swipe the screen to zoom into the image of this work.</P> <P>This large and knobbly bronze resting on the table was created by all three makers. But we don’t see where one finished and another began. Such a seamless way of working challenges the traditional separation between artists and craftspeople. </P> <P>Three individuals from different disciplines share the making of domestic objects for daily life. Can you imagine yourself making such an interior?</P>

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Martino Gamper, and Francis Upritchard, Gesamtkunsthandwerk, 2011, wood, Formica, ceramic, bronze, metal alloy, semi precious stones; inlaid design, casting, turning, throwing,
Purchased 2011.
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