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L'Aquila, Firenze, Genova, Modena, Milano, Palermo, Pescara, Portofino, Pozzuoli, Roma, Trieste, Venezia, 2011
Set of 12 espresso cups

Two sets of six cups, each with a saucer, carry a sentence printed on the inside rim. According to the French author Stendhal, the revolutionary Georges Danton said on the day he was to be guillotined, “You can say, I’ll be beheaded! You’ll be beheaded! He’ll be beheaded! We’ll be beheaded! But you can’t say, I’ve been beheaded!” The 12 possible system errors that can be made in declining “to behead” are shown in the cups. The names chosen by the manufacturer for the various cup models correlate with the Italian cities Stendhal inhabited.

Exhibition view:
“Based in Berlin”, Museum Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany, 2011

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