The Lovasik Estate Sale

Pittsburgh Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennial

(The Lovasik Estate Sale at the Pittsburgh Pavilion of the 9th Shanghai Biennial)

Artist Jon Rubin purchased an entire estate sale of a working class Pittsburgh family, shipped it to Shanghai, and is holding the sale in the Pittsburgh pavilion during the full run of the exhibition. Over the course of the exhibition, visitors can purchase objects from the estate and immediately take them home.  The installation essentially dissolves as the exhibition continues, with the final object sale taking place on the last day of the biennial. The proceeds of the sale will go into purchasing an equivalent Shanghai estate and shipping it to Pittsburgh for exhibition and sale. 

(The Lovasik Estate Sale at the Pittsburgh Pavilion of the 9th Shanghai Biennial)


(The Lovasik Estate Sale at the Pittsburgh Pavilion of the 9th Shanghai Biennial)

(The Lovasik Estate Sale at the Pittsburgh Pavilion of the 9th Shanghai Biennial)

The Lovasik family home in Pittsburgh, PA, before and after items have been removed from the estate and shipped to Shanghai for sale at the 9th Shanghai Biennial.

Introductory text to The Lovasik Estate Sale catalog.

Introductory text to The Lovasik Estate Sale catalog.

Framed photo of the Lovasik family purchased from the Lovasik Family Estate Sale and display on the book shelf of the new owner

Framed photo of the Lovasik family purchased from the Lovasik Family Estate Sale and display on the book shelf of the new owner

Small cross purchased from the Lovasik Estate Sale displayed in its new home

Small cross purchased from the Lovasik Estate Sale displayed in its new home

Cross purchased from the Lovasik Estate Sale in new home with new owner

Cross purchased from the Lovasik Estate Sale in new home with new owner

Pot holder purchased from the Lovasik Estate Sale in the home of new owner

Pot holder purchased from the Lovasik Estate Sale in the home of new owner

Photos of the Lovasik family purchased from The Lovasik Estate Sale in home of new owner.

Photos of the Lovasik family purchased from The Lovasik Estate Sale in home of new owner.

Mars Lander Flying Model purchased at the Lovasik Estate Sale at the Shanghai Biennial

Mars Lander Flying Model purchased at the Lovasik Estate Sale at the Shanghai Biennial

Pill Organizer purchased at The Lovasik Estate Sale in the home of new owner

Pill Organizer purchased at The Lovasik Estate Sale in the home of new owner

Toy Cars purchased at The Lovasik Estate Sale in their new home

Toy Cars purchased at The Lovasik Estate Sale in their new home