The Minotaur


Marcel Dzama ( Canadian, 1974 )

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General Description

The title of this sculpture refers to the Minotaur, a fearsome character in Greek mythology that is half human, half bull. Marcel Dzama pieces together various sculpted and found elements into a figure that vaguely suggests that ancient creature, but nonetheless speaks distinctly of the present. The chair, paint can, and ineffectual-looking gun are composed of everyday, industrial materials; the Minotaur's body is made from crudely modeled plaster. These elements lend the sculpture a makeshift, vulnerable quality that belies its assumed role as guardian.

Adapted from

Charles Wylie, Private Universes, 2009.

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