Museum Folkwang
Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations
  • Simon Starling
  • Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations, 2008

  • Block of black bituminous limestone
  • Acquired in 2008 with support of the Ernst und Elly Henke-Stiftung, Essen
  • Inv. P 306/1
  • CommentaryVery pure black marble from Belgium has been exploited since the Belgian provinces (formerly Wallonia) were part of the Roman Empire. The stone, formed 360 million years ago, was dug from underground mines and was commonly used in Italy at the Florentine Medici workshops founded in 1588 and by Italian craftsmen in the realisation of intarsia (inlay) decoration at the Taj Mahal, India, built by Shah Jahan as a tomb for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. In Northern Europe Belgian black marble (Noir Belge) was often used for stairs, flooring and fireplaces in conjunction with white marble imported from Carrara, Italy. In the 1920’s and 1930’s Constantin Brancusi used the rare stone to carve a number of versions of the sculpture Bird in Space, its pure, vain-free quality suiting the almost machine-like finish of the sculptures. Belgian black marble is no longer commercially produced.
  • Provenance2008, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin
  • Obj_Id: 31,207
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 188
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Musuem Folkwang, Essen, Skulpturensammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations
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  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations Drei Vögel, Sieben Stockwerke, Wiederbegegnungen und Abzweigungen
  • Obj_Dating_S: 2008
  • Jahr von: 2,008
  • Jahr bis: 2,008
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: P 306/1
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: P 306/1
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Environment
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  • Obj_Material_S: Block of black bituminous limestone
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Block of black bituminous limestone
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 2008 with support of the Ernst und Elly Henke-Stiftung, Essen
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Simon Starling, 2010
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2008, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin