Martin Boyce

Dead Star Constellation (looking down on an empty pool), 2014

Blackened nickel plated steel, rusted steel chain, painted steel, cast and painted bronze

259 x 104 x 105 cm | 102 x 40 x 41 in


curated by Friederike Nymphius

​May - October, 2021

Cassina Projects




curated by Friederike Nymphius

May 14 - October 2, 2021



John M Armleder, Monica Bonvicini, Martin Boyce, Valentin Carron, Andrew Dadson, N. Dash, Philippe Decrauzat, Francesco De Prezzo, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Manuel Fois, Liam Gillick, Fernanda Gomes, Francesco João, Tarik Kiswanson, Alicja Kwade, Beth Letain, Meuser, Gerold Miller, Olivier Mosset, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Monika Sosnowska, Blair Thurman, Tatiana Trouvé, Franz Erhard Walther, Heimo Zobernig


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Martin Boyce's installations made of industrial materials such as metal, neon or pressed wood reflect our urban environment between the extreme poles of function/dysfunction and construction/deconstruction. They thematise the failure of the hopeful urban planning and design theoretical drafts of the post-war period whereby the artist draws the picture of a counter-world hidden in the abysses of this failure. Boyce hence points to the possibility of a hidden secret inner life within the objects which has passed by undiscovered.


„Dead Star is a chain mobile with what appears to be stripped out lanterns, the light fittings are cast in bronze and painted making any potential illumination impossible. They are litterally Dead Stars.“

(Martin Boyce)