Monday, December 21, 2009


Born in Florence to German-Jewish parents, architect, painter, sculptor Pedro Friedeberg (1936 - ) moved to Mexico at the tender age of 3. Known perhaps most for inventing the hand chair which he still produces to this day Friedeberg’s work has artfully encompassed architecture, furniture, sculpture, set design and paintings ranging from “small and relatively simple to large and complicated ones”. “Although Friedeberg's paintings, filled to overflowing with surprise, were sometimes described as examples of Surrealism or fantastic realism, they are not easily definable in terms of conventional categories. He used architectural drawing as the medium through which he created unusual compositions and also designed furniture and useless objects, admitting that his artistic activity was rooted in boredom. This sense of irony and surfeit imparted to his pictures, through the hallucinatory repetition of elements, an asphyxiating formal disorder. Friedeberg's work is a product of highly conscious, if not self-conscious, thought”. * Friedeberg’s work can be sourced from galleries, auction houses and fine furniture dealers.

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images: (click on images to enlarge)
Hand chair, hand-foot glass table (top)
Tragalenguas y Trabaleguas (2nd)
Miniature Furniture Project (3rd)
Time is lost space (4th)
Hebrew Zebras (bottom)

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