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New additions to the museum's collection

When Math meets Art - The Work of Rebecca Gieseking (United States)


Rebecca Gieseking

“I see origami as lying at the intersection of art and science. In college I majored in both art and chemistry. I started designing origami bowls and vases in the spring of 2011."

"Although I call my work origami, I am not a purist. To me, creating an interesting form is more important than following the traditional “rules” of origami. All of my designs are constructed from one uncut piece of paper, and the shape is created primarily by a combination of straight and curved folds.” (from R. Gieseking's website)

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Three Curved-Neck Vases:

Rebecca Gieseking's artwork stands out for its uniqueness in the world of origami. And Three Curved-Neck Vases is already an iconic example in her rich production. With curved shapes characteristic of her style, these pieces have been exhibited in various museums and galleries in the United States.

"I've made a few brief forays into curve-based designs. One of my favorite examples is curved-necked glasses," Rebecca explains on her website.

Rebecca Gieseking has developed a distinctive style that is very well represented in these pieces. The almost "impossible" curves reveal a careful study. She hand paints the paper and then she starts folding following a pattern based on mathematical calculations.

More information about this series on the artist's website:


Rebecca Gieseking artwork was acquired in part with funds from Fund for OrigamiArt, a museum initiative that seeks to raise funds for the acquisition of high-quality origami works by international artists.

"Masks", by Joao Charrua (Portugal)

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Joao Charrua goes beyond realism without abandoning it completely, entering a still virgin field that is called surrealism in other disciplines. Its half human and half animal species, or directly indefinable, refer to that tenuous connection between wakefulness and sleep where kind or reckless monsters make their appearance. In Charrua's hands, the folds translate emotions contained in her dreamlike universe, turning them into masks and sculptures of indecipherable beauty.

(Masks made of hand-painted paper. Donated by the artist)
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"Hipopótamo", by Ángel Morollón (Spain)


The unmistakable style of the Spanish Ángel Morollón is present in this little masterpiece, executed through a succession of elegant and ingenious folds.

(Donated by the artist)