Fondation Beyeler Summer Night’s Gala: A Benefit Auction for Fondation Beyeler 2018
15 September, 2018
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Philippe Parreno
Flickering Lights (Marianne Brandt), 2018

Stereolithography print with translucent resin, halogen light bulb, DMX dimmer, light programming (wallpaper not included)

85 × 64 × 40 cm (33 1/2 x 25 1/5 x 15 3/4 in)

Edition: 5 out of 50 + 3 artist’s proofs

Certificate, not signed

Courtesy the artist, Pilar Corrias (London), Gladstone Gallery (New York and Brussels) and Esther Schipper (Berlin)

Provenance: donated by the artist

Estimate: CHF 20’000 – 30000


This item will be sold during the Live Auction at the Fondation Beyeler on Saturday, 15 September 2018 at 21:00 CEST.

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lot description

The Bauhaus-design of the lamp has been meticulously reproduced by stereolithography (also known as SLA or resin printing): a form of 3D printing technology used for creating models, prototypes, patterns, and production of parts in a layer by layer fashion using photopolymerization, a process by which light causes chains of molecules to link, forming polymers that make up the body of a three-dimensional object.


The glass globe and metallic structure of the original lamp have been copied and printed in two parts, using a translucent resin. The work flickers alternatively, according to a lighting program designed by the artist. At Gropius Bau, the lamp was programmed to flicker to correspond to a time code based on Maurice Ravel’s La Valse, played by two Disklavier pianos installed in the exhibition space.

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artist biography

Flickering Lights (Marianne Brandt) consists of a 3D print copy of the Gropius Bau’s lamp created by German designer Marianne Brandt (1893–1983) in 1926. The work is a new iteration of Philippe Parreno’s (born 1964 in Oran, Algeria) iconic light installation, Flickering Lights, and was created on occasion of the artist’s first major solo exhibition in Germany at Gropius Bau, Berlin.

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