With wit and artistry, the Swiss artists Cortis and Sonderegger re-create the most famous photographs in history. This work of art does not merely replicate Aldrin’s 1969 photograph. By leaving their tools and materials—a bag of cement, wire, and wood—visible, the artists invite a detailed investigation of their product at the center. Details often overlooked in the original are revealed by this studio construction—the mysterious shadows cast by rocks, the delicate texture of the surface, and the boot print, carefully sited in the frame. Its position suggests that it could be the viewer’s own footstep, and therefore his or her own “leap for mankind.”

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Cortis & Sonderegger, Swiss, active since 2005
Jojakim Cortis, Swiss, born 1978
Adrian Sonderegger, Swiss, born 1980
Making of 'AS11-40-5878' (by Edwin Aldrin, 1969)
from the series Icons
Chromogenic print
Sheet: 27 1/2 × 41 1/2 in. (69.9 × 105.4 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Julie Brook Alexander; The Museum Collectors; James Edward Maloney; and Alia Khan and George Eleftheriou

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

The artists; [Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York].