Nature morte aux grenades Artist: Mona Hatoum (Palestinian, born Lebanon 1952)


Modern and Contemporary Art

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Nature morte aux grenades takes its title from a still-life painting by Henri Matisse, of pomegranates and other fruit on a table. However, Mona Hatoum here plays with the homophone of grenade (French for both “pomegranate” and “grenade”), and what sounds like an innocent subject is in fact a representation of deadly weapons. The image of the grenade recalls its fatal use in conflicts like the Lebanese Civil War (1975–90), which forced the artist herself into exile. In addition, the brightly colored glass speaks to the glorification and aestheticization of weapons in popular culture. The stainless-steel table resembles a surgical or embalming table, further stressing the association with violence and death. Yet the fragile material of the crystal grenades also highlights Hatoum’s nomadic life as an exile, as she made them in collaboration with craftspeople in Italy.


Crystal, mild steel, and rubber


37 3/8 × 81 7/8 × 27 9/16 in. (95 × 208 × 70 cm)
rubber mat: 27 3/16 × 74 5/16 × 1/8 in. (69.1 × 188.8 × 0.3 cm)

Credit Line

The Heinz Family Fund and Katharine Ordway Fund

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21st century


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  • Frauke V. Josenhans et al., Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2017), 80–82, no. 9, fig. 2–3
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Women artists


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