Tomás Saraceno – Cloud-City Sculpture – Auction Lot

Artnet Auctions is sharing this live auction item with the BFI community, closing Thursday, April 21 at 12:24 pm (EDT), from artist and visionary Tomás Saraceno.

Saraceno’s work was most recently on view at The Shed in New York in the exhibition Tomás Saraceno: Particular Matter(s) from February 11-April 17, 2022.

Saraceno identifies strongly with the 20th century architect-inventor Buckminster Fuller. In a 2011 interview, he explicitly positioned his Aerocene architecture in terms of “what Bucky was doing” in the late ’50s, when Fuller proposed a speculative floating city dubbed Cloud 9.


About Tomás Saraceno

Saraceno has been recipient of numerous awards and residencies, most notably from the Atelier Calder in 2010 and the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology from 2012 until present. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions and is collected by museums and institutions internationally, including the Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires in Argentina, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Dusseldorf among others. 

Saraceno is a reminder that the gulf between science and art is a relatively recent distinction, and that, once, an artist wasn’t just limited to a paintbrush or a chisel. Leonardo da Vinci designed flying machines; Michelangelo was an architect… Saraceno is trying to revive the idea that the realm of artists is not the museum or the gallery but the world itself.

Roberta Smith, New York Times

Invisible Visible

To see Tomás Saraceno’s artwork in BFI’s Limited Edition Invisible Visible, visit this link.

BFI Limited Editions, “Aerocene

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