Lined with fragrant beeswax and illuminated by a single bare light bulb, Wax Room (2013) is the first permanent wax room created by German artist Wolfgang Laib (b. 1950) for a specific museum. It is also the first permanently installed artwork at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., since the museum’s Rothko Room opened in 1960. The artist installed the work in a space he helped to select in the original Phillips house. Accommodating one to two people at a time, it provides a personal, contemplative experience.
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