Lot 388

Emaus Brutalist Hammered Metal Sun Plate Mexico

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Brutalist plate, Emaus Studio, Benedictine monks of Emaus, Santa María Ahuacatitlan, Mexico. A hammered metal circular footed plate depicting the sun in splendor, applied elements and gilt tone areas. Metal tag stamped Emaus applied to the underside. 1.25 x 13.5 inches. An excerpt on the Interference exhibition at the Hessel Museum, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, curated by Eugenia Braniff reads "During the 1950s and 1960s, the Emaus workshops in Santa María Ahuacatitlan, located north of the city of Cuernavaca in Morelos, Mexico, played a key role in redefining religious art in Mexico. These workshops were initiated by Gabriel Chavez de la Mora, a Benedictine monk within Gregorio Lemercier’s monastery. Lemercier was born in Belgium in 1912 and arrived in Mexico in 1942 with the aim of opening a monastery. After a couple of failed attempts, he finally accomplished this in 1950, when he founded the Benedictine monastery of Santa María de la Resurrección in Ahuacatitlán. The Emaús workshops were part of the monastery’s ongoing activities". The monks designed both secular and non-secular pieces, including the participation medals for the 1968 Summer Olympics, which were held in Mexico.


Oxidation in some areas, particularly around the face of the sun, one crack which appears to be inherent, some scratching at back. Merchandise will be packed and transported by the purchaser at their own risk and expense. A list of recommended shippers is on our website: https://www.conceptgallery.com/auctions/shipping/ .

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