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What is this?

Hanging lamp composed of shards of broken white porcelain dishes, cups, saucers, serving pieces, and stainless steel cutlery, mounted on a metal frame work radiating from a central light source; the overall effect evoking an explosion of tableware.

Why is this in our collection?

From Acquisition Justification:   "The Porca Miseria lamp is among the most recognizable and expressive of Ingo Maurer's lighting designs. Maurer is one of the most creative and respected lighting artist/designers working today. Fascinated by what he calls the "magical and mystical" properties of light, Maurer constructs luminous atmospheres that play with traditional concepts of color, brightness, and shadow. Trained as a typographer and graphic artist, Maurer worked as a designer in the United States for Kayser Aluminum and IBM in 1960. He returned to Europe in 1963, where he was active as a graphic designer. The initial trigger for Maurer's transition to lighting design was his fascination with the... more

This is a hanging lamp from Germany. It is dated 2000 and we acquired it in 2010. Gift of Peter Norton. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

glazed molded porcelain adhered to metal, stainless steel; halogen light source

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 114.3 x 101 x 82.6 cm (45 x 39 3/4 x 32 1/2 in.)

This object was manufactured by Ingo Maurer GmbH and designed by Ingo Maurer

This object was donated by Peter Norton

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18756025/ |title=Hanging Lamp, "Porca Miseria", 2000 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=24 July 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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