Sans titre

Circa 1970

Composite plastic material, resin, hair, plasticine

7 x 25 x 2 cm (2 3/4 x 9 13/16 x 13/16 in.)

This composite sculpture in which resin, hair, modelling clay and iridescent pigments are mixed together has a flattened penis shape. Tetsumi Kudo made several of these works. He is said to have had his wife Hiroko crush them with an iron during a performance at the 1970 "Happening and Fluxus" show at the Kunsthalle in Cologne. Untitled is a challenging, surprising object that deliberately instills doubt.

Kudo's work has been provocative and uninhibited since the 1960s. His installations combine artificial body parts with various objects, often in boxes or cages. The violent fate of these limbs, like the series of iron-flattened penile works, humorously reflects the contemporary world’s cruelty and absurdity.

Kudo’s Untitled was shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection in 2015 at the "Slip of the Tongue" exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.