Hanging Lamp, "Porca Miseria", 2000 Porcelain adhered to metal, stainless steel; halogen light source. Gift of Peter Norton. 2010-16-1.
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