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A snapshot of 1972

In this year at Warwick:

  • The Koan was purchased by Warwick.
  • Images from the 1972-1973 prospectus, titled "In a laboratory" and "Alcoholic chess".


Created by artist Liliane Lijn, the Koan is an important sculpture of the early 1970s. Its name is a pun on the Buddhist concept of a "koan" - a device for contemplation, a question to which there is no answer. It also recalls some of the key interests of artists working at this time in its references to Greek culture and the cones of white ash that households created to symbolise the Greek Goddess of the hearth, Hestia.

And in the world:

  • Pocket calculators were introduced.
  • Terrorist attack at the Olympic Games in Munich.


Alcoholic Chess


Liliane Lijn | White Koan | 1972 | Painted steel and neon | 6000 x 3200 mm