Claes Oldenburg, Shelf Life, Number 15, 2016-17, Mixed media © 2018 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen / Photo by Kerry Ryan McFate

Museum Exhibitions

Claes Oldenburg

Shelf Life

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

August 11 – December 2, 2018

An exploration of how ideas regarding artistic process, product, and practice resonate across time, Claes Oldenburg: Shelf Life juxtaposes contemporary sculpture by Claes Oldenburg with a selection of 17th-century Dutch still life paintings from the MFA’s collection.

The series, which recently debuted at Pace Gallery's exhibition in the fall of 2017, is a set of 15 mixed-media sculptures, each comprising a custom-made shelf upon which the artist has arranged a display of miniature objects that reference his most iconic works—many of them outsized sculptures or large-scale public art installations created over the past six decades.

Read more about the exhibition on the museum's (opens in a new window) website.

  • Museum Exhibitions — Claes Oldenburg's "Shelf Life" at MFA Boston, Jul 23, 2018