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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 2002 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

Essays

Claes & Coosje

A Timeline of Large-Scale Projects

Friday, Mar 26, 2021

Across the four-decade history of their collaboration, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen produced more than forty monumental sculptures and site-specific installations, which they referred to as “Large-Scale Projects.” Quite apart from merely placing existing works without regard to the specificities and idiosyncrasies of place, each project was instead carefully developed as a considered response to the material, cultural, and aesthetic conditions of its context. Together, Oldenburg and van Bruggen’s practice resulted in some of the most recognizable and beloved public artworks in urban and civic spaces around the world.

On the occasion of Claes & Coosje: A Duet, on view at our gallery in New York from March 26 through May 1, 2021, we're pleased to present this timeline encapsulating the development of Oldenburg and van Bruggen's large-scale projects, beginning with Trowel I in 1971 and culminating with Tumbling Tacks in 2009.

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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1971-76 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1971-76

Trowel I
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, the Netherlands
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Photo: Jonas Dovydenas, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1977 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1977

Batcolumn
Harold Washington Social Security Center, 600 West Madison Street, Chicago
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Photo: Rudolf Wakonigg, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1977 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1977

Poolballs
Aaseeterrassen, Münster, Germany
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1979 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1979

Crusoe Umbrella
Nollen Plaza, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1981 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1981

Flashlight
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Photo: Eugene Mopsik, Philadelphia, PA, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1981 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1981

Split Button
Levy Park, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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Photo: courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1982 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1982

Hat in Three Stages of Landing
Sherwood Park, Salinas, California
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1982 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1982

Spitzhacke (Pickaxe)
Kassel, Germany
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1983 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1983

Gartenschlauch (Garden Hose)
Stühlinger Park, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1983 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1983

Screwarch
Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1983 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1983

Cross Section of a Toothbrush with Paste, in a Cup, on a Sink: Portrait of Coosje’s Thinking
Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1984 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1984

Stake Hitch
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
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Photo: courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1984 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1984

Balancing Tools
Vitra International AG, Weil am Rhein, Germany
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Photo: courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1985 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1985

Knife Ship I
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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Photo: courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1986 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1986

Toppling Ladder with Spilling Paint
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1988 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1988

Spoonbridge and Cherry
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studios, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1989 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1989

Knife Slicing Through Wall
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1990 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1990

Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels
Metro-Dade Open Space Park, Miami, Florida
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1990 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1990

Bicyclette Ensevelie (Buried Bicycle)
Parc de la Villette, Paris
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Photo: Todd Eberle, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1990 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1991

Monument to the Last Horse
The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1991 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1991

Binoculars
Central component of a building designed by Frank O. Gehry and Associates, 340 Main Street, Venice, California
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1991 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1991

Free Stamp
Willard Park, Cleveland, Ohio
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1992 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1992

Mistos (Match Cover)
Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1993 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1993

Bottle of Notes
Central Gardens, Middlesbrough, England
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1994 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1994

Inverted Collar and Tie
Mainzer Landstrasse, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1994 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1994

Shuttlecocks
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
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Photo: courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1995 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1995

Soft Shuttlecock
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York
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Photo: courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1996 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1996

Houseball
Bethlehemkirch-Platz, Mauerstrasse, Berlin
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Photo: courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1996 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1996

Saw, Sawing
Tokyo International Exhibition Center, Big Sight, Tokyo
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Photo: John Spence, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1996 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1996

Torn Notebook
Madden Garden, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 1999 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

1999

Lion’s Tail
Musei Civici Veneziani, Venice, Italy
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 2000 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

2000

Ago, Filo e Nodo (Needle, Thread and Knot)
Piazzale Cadorna, Milan, Italy
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Photo: courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 2000 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

2000

Flying Pins
Intersection of John F. Kennedylaan and Fellenoord, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
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Photo: Gerd Kittel, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 2001 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

2001

Dropped Cone
Neumarkt Galerie, Cologne, Germany
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Photo: Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 2002 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

2002

Cupid’s Span
Rincon Park, San Francisco, California
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Photo: Eric Stephenson, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 2006 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

2006

Big Sweep
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
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Photo: courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 2006 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

2006

Spring
Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul, South Korea
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Photo: Per M. Haakenstad for Holtermann Fine Art Ltd, courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio © 2009 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

2009

Tumbling Tacks
Kistefos-Museet, Kistefos, Norway
Essays — Claes & Coosje: A Timeline of Large-Scale Projects, Mar 26, 2021