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Assemblage refers to a three-dimensional work of art comprising found elements. These works can be sculptural objects that are seen in the round, as well as pictures that are hung on walls. As dadaist collages were constructed from papers collected from daily life and pasted together, assemblages were built from everyday objects that were nailed, screwed, or otherwise fastened together. The range of objects was virtually endless; sometimes evocative of war (military medals, revolvers), the assembled objects often were mundane bits of trash trash (flotsam and jetsam, porcelain shards, furniture knobs, wire mesh).

Hausmann, Mechanischer Kopf (Der Geist unserer Zeit)
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Raoul Hausmann
Austrian, 1886–1971
Mechanischer Kopf (Der Geist unserer Zeit) (Mechanical Head [The Spirit of Our Age]), c. 1920
hairdresser's wig-making dummy, crocodile wallet, ruler, pocket watch mechanism ..