Erik Dietman

  • Erik Dietman

  • Erik Dietman - Projects

    Le Proverbe turc, 1998

    Bronze, electric candles
    Variable dimensions

    Galerie Papillon, Paris

    Petit Palais

    Born in 1937 in Sweden, Erik Dietman died in 2002 in Paris. Concerning Proverbe Turc [Turkish Proverb], he said that he had drifted off into a dream about a Turkish legend. According to this legend, the act of finding one’s shoes with lit candles displayed inside them meant that an individual would be undesirable - none of this could ever be verified. Erik Dietman mainly used his own shoes; he felt at home everywhere and nowhere. While he chose to live in France rather than in Sweden, he was nevertheless always dreaming of an elsewhere. This “monomentale” work was presented for the first time in Sweden in 1998 with the artist’s real shoes.

    Photo: Marc Domage

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