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Analogy I (2nd version)/Analogía I (2da. versión)
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Analogy I (2nd version)/Analogía I (2da. versión)

Víctor Grippo, Argentine, 1936 - 2002

Made in Argentina, South America


Potatoes, zinc and copper electrodes, electrical cable, meter, text, table, chair, soil

43 5/16 inches × 26 feet 2 15/16 inches (110 × 800 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Joint acquisition by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with funds contributed by the Committee on Modern and Contemporary Art; and The Art Institute of Chicago, through prior gift of Adeline Yates, 2008

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A leading South American conceptualist of his generation, Argentine artist Víctor Grippo applied his background in chemistry to create works of art that explore the relationship between science and art, religion and society, the factual and the imaginative. In Analogía I, a central work in Grippo's oeuvre, he connects a battery made of potatoes---a humble food of Latin American origin---to electrodes, cables, and a voltmeter that measures the energy it generates when visitors press the button on the meter, which they are encouraged to do. The piece is intended to establish a parallel between electro-chemical energy and consciousness, the life-sustaining energy of the simplest of foods and the power of the mind---and art---to transform itself and its environment.