The Met Acquires Work by Michael Koerner!

Image: DNA #7805L - #7810R, 2018 by Michael Koerner. Abstract composition that is primarily green and black.
Michael Koerner, DNA #7805L – #7810R, 2018.

Acquisition Alert! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has acquired two works by Michael Koerner! The two, unique pieces are made from collodion on tin and are part of the artist’s series My DNA.

Michael Koerner (Okinawa, Japan, 1963) is the oldest of five brothers. Due to genetic abnormalities and cancer, he is the only remaining living son. His brothers’ fates (and potentially his own one day) can be linked to their mother, who was eleven years old on August 9, 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. She lived in Sasebo, Japan, 45 miles away from the blast. The long-term effects of severe, acute exposure to gamma radiation led to his mother’s death at an early age, and all of his brothers. Koerner’s work explores his family history and genetics through small tintypes, using photographic chemistry to assimilate the bursts and biochemical fallout from the atom bomb.

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Image: Michael Koerner, Shoreline #7410, 2018. The composition is abstract and mainly green on top and blue on bottom.
Michael Koerner, Shoreline #7410, 2018.