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The Museum Project #042
Atta Kim’s seven-year Museum Project series, begun in 1995, has nine distinct subsets and presents men and women on display in Plexiglas vitrines. In this photograph, the vitrine encases a nude Buddhist nun in front of a Buddhist altar. On the one hand, the subject is confined and vulnerable, suggesting a controlling society that allows for no individual self or private space. On the other, these encapsulated humans can be seen as “contemporary treasures,” preserved as precious museum artifacts worthy of contemplation.
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Atta Kim, Korean, born 1956
The Museum Project #042from the series Nirvanafrom The Museum Project (1995-2002)
- Silver dye bleach print
- Overall: 19 15/16 × 23 15/16in. (50.6 × 60.8cm) Frame: 26 7/8 × 30 7/8 × 1 1/4 in. (68.3 × 78.4 × 3.2 cm)
- Credit Line
Museum purchase funded by Joan Morgenstern
- Current Location
- Not on view
- Accession Number
The artist, Seoul, South Korea; purchased by MFAH, 2000.