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Collection Online as of February 22, 2024

Mummified Porsche, From the Area of the Tomb of Horemheb, Saqqara, Egypt (R3/=)

Mummified Porsche, From the Area of the Tomb of Horemheb, Saqqara, Egypt (R3/=)

1986
(American, 1945–2017)
Image: 15.1 x 20 cm (5 15/16 x 7 7/8 in.); Paper: 20.2 x 25.1 cm (7 15/16 x 9 7/8 in.)
© Patrick Nagatani
Location: not on view

Description

This scene is part of a saga of archaeological exploration imagined and brought to life by Nagatani. Traveling the globe between 1985 and 2000, a Japanese scientist named Ryoichi (the artist’s alter ego) led a team of scientists and archaeologists to document 13 of 30 archaeological sites, each of which contains a remarkably well-preserved, low-mileage automobile that must have been buried there centuries earlier. Photographs, stills from video documentation,artifacts,and pages from Ryoichi’s journal serve as scientific “proof ” that time may not be linear. “If fiction has given more to us than fact, then this is the greatest truth,” writes Ryoichi/ Nagatani at the final site.
  • Unknown before acquisition by George Stephanopoulos.
  • Constructed Identities. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 14, 2014-April 26, 2015).
    Pyramids & Sphinxes: Views of Egypt. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 6-May 24, 2016).
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https://www.clevelandart.org/art/2012.340