Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

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We are pleased to announce that the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) has acquired Explosion, a new sculptural cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz. The Explosion Cabinet is one of the centerpieces of Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again, his first Solo Museum exhibition opening on September 6th at the CMOA.  It is, according to exhibition curator Rachel Delphia: “a masterwork of contemporary furniture design and craftsmanship.”


Inactivated, Explosion sits as a tidy, beautiful credenza. Transparent glass sidewalls provide a glimpse inside this intriguing but staid box. Further exploration of the central vertical seam reveals an entirely different object: With a gentle push, the rails slide further and further open until it seems that the cabinet has exploded beyond the bounds of stability.


It is “a beautiful, surprising, and confounding work that represents the playful conceit of the master cabinetmaker showing off,” added Delphia.

Even as Explosion’s exterior expands outward, it retains beautiful geometric proportions, using mechanics so complex that they took more than a year to perfect, despite borrowing one of cabinetmaking’s oldest tricks, the sliding dovetail.