Umbrella Nails Wood
113 x 13 cm – 2011
Coll.Comune di Perugia – Italy
The work Cadeau is part of the permanent exhibition of the Civic Museum of Palazzo della Penna, Perugia, Italy.
This work is a tribute for Erik Satie and Man Ray met on December 3, 1921 during the first exhibit in Paris. As Man Ray recounts in his autobiography:
A curious, loquacious, small man, in his fifties comes near me, bringing me in front of one of my own paintings. With his white beard, his antiquated glassed, the bowler hat, his coat and a black umbrella, He looked like a bank employee or a funerary official..
The preparations for the exposition had tired me, the gallery was not heated, I had a cold. I responded in English, he answered me in English, he took me by the arm and led me up to the cafe at the corner, where he ordered two grogs.
It was only at that moment he introduced himself, “Erik Satie,” and he continued talking in French. I answered that I didn’t understand. He looked me in a malicious and amused way and he said it didn’t matter. We drank several grogs, I began to feel warm and happy. Out of the coffee, we entered into a shop where different domestic utensil were set out. I noticed an iron, a model type in use with the coal stoves and with the help of Satie, I bought it and a nail box for upholsterer and also a little tube of glue.
I came back at the gallery, I glued a line of nails on the base of the iron, I gave it the name of “Cadeau” and I added it to the exhibit. It was the first Dadaist work I did it in France. I was going to distribute it by lot among my friends, but was stolen the same afternoon