Monumento para todas as situações (“Monument for Every Situation”), is a series of small-scale objects created by Lygia Clark in 1964. (See also in Socks: Matchbox Structures by Lygia Clark (1964)). Each one is a mobile, foldable, 40 x 40 cm hinged aluminium monument, similar in structure to her Bichos (“Critters”) and that can be manipulated and set up in different positions anywhere.
According to Ana Paula Cohen (“The Monument in Relation to City and Memory“) “This artwork deals with a failure of the notion of a monument that would reaffirm the comprehension of a history formed by a few people, or by a number of important, precisely demarcated events which should be continuously remembered.”
All images courtesy Lygia Clark
Matchbox Structures by Lygia Clarke, 1964, (on Socks)
Molding a Contemporary Soul: The Empty-Full of Lygia Clark, by Suely Rolnik
The uses of art little beasts, by Sal Randolph (on The American Reader)
The Monument in Relation to City and Memory, by Ana Paula Cohen (on Atlas of Transformation)
Art under a Diagrammatic Perspective: Brazilian Artistic Production in the 1960s and 70s, by Mirtes Marins de Oliveira (on Afterall)