Martin Kersels: Tumble Room / Museum Tinguely, Basel

Martin Kersels’ installation “Tumble Room” is one of the most spectacular works on display in the exhibition “Under Destruction” at Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland. First presented at Deitch Projects in New York in 2001, Tumble Room is a newar lifesize recreation of a little girl’s bedroom. Turning on an axis centered on its back wall the room slowly spins, tumbling its contents from floor to ceiling. The spinning room grinds its furniture much like a rock tumbler grinds its stones.

Martin Kersels is a contemporary artist born in 1960 in Los Angeles. Kersels works with sculpture, audio, photography and performance. He lives and works in Sierra Madre, CA an is currently the co-director of the Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts. He has had one-person shows in New York, Los Angeles, Bern and Paris. In September 2008 Martin Kersels’ retrospective exhibition, Heavyweight Champion, was shown in the Santa Monica Museum of Art and at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship Award for 2008/09. Martin Kersels’ work has been shown in numerous group shows such as Departures: 11 Artists at the Getty, Young Americans 2 at the Saatchi Collection, and The 1997 Whitney Biennial. His work is held in various collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MOCA Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum and the Norton Family Foundation.

Martin Kersels: Tumble Room / Under Destruction, Museum Tinguely, Basel. October 27, 2010.

PS: For reviews of Tumble Room at Deitch Projects: by Grace Glueck in The New York Times; and James Trainor in Frieze Magazine.

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