Himmelfahrt [Ascension]

Jimmie Durham


Sculpture, 29 x 55 cm.
Materials: wood, iron, acrylic

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0308).

A foreigner who is starting to learn a new language encounters words which he/she begins to translate literally. The German word Fahren means 'to ride'. Durham carved a piece of wood in the form of a mountain with the word *Himmelfahrt* (ascension) written on top. Underneath, he placed a discarded car wheel. In this way, he mixes the two meanings: the literal interpretation (the car wheel) with its ancient connotation (the wood representing the Mount of Olives).

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