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Soundproof Aesthetic of Luxuriety

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Soundproof Aesthetic of Luxuriety
German: Entlärmte Ästhetik des Luxuriesens
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ArtistLubo Kristek
Year1976 (1976)
Dimensions152 cm × 101 cm (60 in × 40 in)

Soundproof Aesthetic of Luxuriety is an assemblage by Lubo Kristek, made in 1976 in Landsberg am Lech. It belongs to his series of critical assemblages.[1] Here, the artist refers to craving for luxury substitutes of real values and to the pitfalls of postmodern society.[2]


In his critical assemblages, Kristek often puts found objects in unexpected context to reveal hidden principles, habits or addictions of current society. Soundproof Aesthetic of Luxuriety features mouse traps and a pearl rose that is attached to one of them. The rose is not live; it is only a luxury substitute. Those who blindly seek out the luxury substitutes don’t see the whole picture and don’t notice the big trap. The framing of the artwork is upholstered like a door in a psychiatric solitary room. After the trap snaps shut, no one can hear the cry for help in the soundproof space.[1]

The piece was first published in Vancouver in 1977.[3] It was in a monograph issued on the occasion of Kristek’s America exhibition tour.[4]

Another examples of Kristek’s critical assemblages are Barbed Wire of Christ (1983) and On the Landfill of Ages (1994).[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fischer, Sonia; Neunzert, Hartfrid; Putova, Barbora (2019). Lubo Kristek – Genius Loci Cobwebbed. Brno: RICA. pp. 59–71. ISBN 978-80-905548-6-3. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. Půtová, Barbora (2018). Kristek Thaya Glyptotheque (1st Digital ed.). Research Institute of Communication in Art. ISBN 978-80-905548-3-2. Retrieved 11 October 2019. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Schwabe, Nick (1977). Lubo Kristek : Individual Visions of Sculptures from the Last 8 Years : 1968–1976. Vancouver. p. 13. OCLC 1120009882. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. Lubo Kristek: American Cycle 77, Philosophical Approach to the Questions of Form (selected works). Brno: VÚKU. 2011. pp. 2, 13. ISBN 978-80-254984-5-3. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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