Sebastian Errazuriz; Explosion cabinet, 2014; Maple, glass, and stainless steel; Women’s Committee Acquisition Fund; Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Unveiling Sebastian Errazuriz’s Latest Kinetic Cabinet

CMOA Acquires Sebastian Errazuriz’s Latest Kinetic Cabinet: the Explosion

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) has acquired Explosion, a new mind-bending cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz, which embodies the designer’s mischievous sensibilities. One of the centerpieces of Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again, which opens September 6, it is, according to exhibition curator Rachel Delphia, “a masterwork of contemporary furniture design and craftsmanship.”

Sebastian Errazuriz
Chilean, b. 1977
Explosion cabinet, 2014
Maple, glass, and stainless steel
29 1/4 x 56 x 15 7/8 in. (74.30 x 142.24 x 40.48 cm)
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Women’s Committee Acquisition Fund

Inactivated, Explosion sits as a tidy, beautiful credenza. Transparent glass sidewalls provide a glimpse inside this intriguing but staid box. Further exploration of the central vertical seam reveals an entirely different object: With a gentle push, the rails slide further and further open until it seems that the cabinet has exploded beyond the bounds of stability. It is “a beautiful, surprising, and confounding work that represents the playful conceit of the master cabinetmaker showing off,” added Delphia. Even as Explosion’s exterior expands outward, it retains beautiful geometric proportions, using mechanics so complex that they took more than a year to perfect, despite borrowing one of cabinetmaking’s oldest tricks, the sliding dovetail. This new work will join a selection of important objects representing the breadth of Errazuriz’s practice in Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again, his first solo museum exhibition.

Sebastian Errazuriz; Explosion, 2014; Showing opening and closing movements.

Sebastian Errazuriz; Explosion, 2014; Showing opening and closing movements.

Look Again presents a rare opportunity to see the scope of Errazuriz’s work from the last 10 years, assembled together for the first time. Through found and repurposed objects, unexpected interventions, and meticulously crafted interactive furniture, Errazuriz surprises, provokes, and engages at every turn, asking viewers to rethink the everyday, to confront the transience of life, and to question the status quo.

Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again
September 6, 2014–January 12, 2015
Forum Gallery + Hall of Architecture
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Sebastian Errazuriz is the 73rd installment of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum series. It is organized by Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. And Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design.

Support
Support for Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again has been provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Richard L. Simmons, and Gordon and Kenny Nelson. General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Carnegie Museum of Art
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