Gustav's Wing


6 bronze casting elements, 10 Metal chains

Variable dimensions

Danh Vo made his bronze sculpture Gustav's Wing from casts of six fragments of his nephew’s body. This dislocated figure is an intimate portrait of the eleven-year-old boy, proud of his double-jointed shoulder blade, which he calls "wing". The work also has a political dimension relating to the division of the body.

The separated, sometimes recomposed fragment is a leitmotif in Danh Vo's work. As in Gustav's Wing, he cuts up artefacts and scatters them among other works, such as the sculpture of Christ in Beauty Queen and Log Dog. Reciprocally, he connects discordant pieces to tackle more critical issues. The objects belong to a wider story told in several works.

Danh Vo's sculpture Gustav's Wing was shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection in 2015 at the "Slip of the Tongue" exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.