Self-protection (2019)

Lot 50

Product Description

Hand-painted school desk chair from Mr.'s show at the Musée Guimet in Paris, curated by Pharrell Williams. The exhibition consisted of paintings, sculptures, installations, electric signs, and everything in between - such as this school desk. The desk represents a child taking action and making a difference in the world.

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Product Materials

Acrylic paint on wood, steel

Product Dimensions

30 5/16 x 19 11/16 x 27 3/16 in. (77 x 50 x 69 cm.)

Product Note

In 2019, Pharrell curated a conceptual exhibit of works by Japanese artist Mr. (pronounced Mister). The exhibition was a metaphor for hope and the promise of children. An artistic response to imagine a better planet and the delicate potential that we must protect. The show – entitled A Call to Action – was installed in the Guimet National Museum in Paris, and featured a series of school desks, hand painted by Mr.. They represented – in the words of the artist, “a child taking action and making a difference in the world.” This is one of those desks. 

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