Since 1985, Oldenburg and writer Coosje van Bruggen have created a number of large indoor installations on European themes. The Haunted House (1987), for example, was comprised of sculptures in the form of "objects randomly accumulated from the city"; these were scattered in the rooms of a museum in Krefeld, Germany, as if tossed through the windows.

This "still-life drama" included objects that "might offend a museum": an apple core, an abandoned car muffler, and a cross section of a toothbrush, the last a soft, plantlike version of a steel sculpture that was installed in front of the museum.

"The Haunted House is based upon the random objects of a vacant suburban lot, objects set in their casual positions by some disinterested force: a playing child, a passing vagrant, a gust of wind."

--van Bruggen, 1988

Il Corso del Coltello

In collaboration with van Bruggen and architect Frank O. Gehry, Oldenburg presented a major performance in Venice, Italy, in 1985 called Il Corso del Coltello

(The Course of the Knife). The centerpiece of the performance was a giant kinetic sculpture, Knife Ship I, which was launched from Venice's centuries-old naval yard,

the Arsenale. Oldenburg, van Bruggen, and Gehry performed in costume as, respectively, Dr. Coltello, a traveling souvenir salesman; Georgia Sandbag, George Sand reincarnated as an itinerant travel agent; and Frankie P. (for Palladio) Toronto, a barber from California. Enlarged sculptural versions of these and other costumes from the performance are included in this exhibition. Georgia Sandbag's belongings are wound into the large Houseball, which is installed on the floor of the main rotunda.

Also see: The Entropic Library and Il Corso del Coletello

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