Nom de guerre

Asier Mendizabal2007

Guggenheim Bilbao

Guggenheim Bilbao
Bilbao, Spain

Nom de guerre (2007), is a piece specifically conceived for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s institutional context. The piece consists of two elements: a metal container standing on a concrete block filled with fuel that burns constantly as an improvised cauldron and a vertical ventilation pipe the museum requires to evacuate the smoke. This work, simple in its craftsmanship, yet complex in its condensation of meaning, forays into three fundamental fields of significance: fire as a symbolic element, sculpture as an exercise in critical representation and contemporary social angst.


  • Title: Nom de guerre
  • Creator: Asier Mendizabal
  • Date Created: 2007
  • Location: Bilbao, Spain
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall dimensions variable
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: Concrete, metal, and ethanol combustion
  • Artwork's location in the Museum: Not on view

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