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Carl Zimmerman, b.1954

Mausoleum, Birmingham2001

The sepia tones of ‘Mausoleum, Birmingham, England’ and the imperial authority of the building have all the hallmarks of the real thing. The photograph is real but the architecture it portrays is artificial, shot from a maquette, meticulously created by the artist and digitally enhanced to place it in a setting as convincing as Piranesi’s megalomaniacal prison drawings. Totalitarian aspirations, as embodied in public buildings, are mocked as the viewer is sucked into the fiction, only to find that they have been deceived and that the authority of image and ideology has been undermined. The classical simplicity of the composition and the high production values assert an aesthetic authority in its place.

MediumArchival inkjet print on watercolour paper
Dimensions 81 x 183 cm Framed: 84 x 186.2 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donated by the artist, 2001
EditionEdition 5/15
Item NumberIMMA.1504
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Carl Zimmerman, Mausoleum, Birmingham, 2001, Archival inkjet print on watercolour paper, 81 x 183 cm Framed: 84 x 186.2 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated by the artist, 2001

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Carl Zimmerman b.1954

Canadian artist Carl Zimmerman attended McMaster University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Zimmerman has exhibited since the 1990s. His usual process includes the construction of architectural models that are then photographed and digitally combined with real backgrounds. He participated in IMMA’s Artists’ Residency Programme in 2001. His work is represented in public collections including the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

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