The current show at kurimanzutto gallery in Mexico City is a collaboration between the artists Rirkrit Tiravanija and Arto Lindsay. It’s a reproduction of the apartment and of most of the objects of the artist and musician Arto Lindsay. The exhibition invites the spectator to inhabit and activate the work. The exhibition is entitled Untitled 2012, (All those years at No. 17E London Terrace) and runs until November 3, 2012.
Untitled 2012, (All those years at No. 17E London Terrace). Rirkrit Tiravanija and Arto Lindsay at kurimanzutto, Mexico City. Opening reception, September 21, 2012. Video by Diego García Sotomoro.
One of the highlights of the infinite number of events that took place on the opening weekend of The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative was the Trespass Parade. The Trespass Art Parade is a collaborative project between Arto Lindsay, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and West of Rome Public Art (WoR). Trespass started at the art fair Art Platform and ended at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA).
On its way through the historic Broadway Theater District in Downtown Los Angeles artists and residents rallyed together to engage in art, music, dancing, and performance. Among the participating artists are Jon Baldessari, Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, William Leavitt, Jorge Pardo, Kenny Scharf, Pae White, and many other renowned artists. Among the Parade performers are Vaginal Davis, Kenny Scharf, the Newspaper Reading Club, Pedestal & the All-Girl Band, and Yarn Bombing Los Angeles.
In his event at Art 42 Basel, the artist Rirkrit Tiravanija merged two typologies of his oeuvre: cooking-as-event and political drawing. It was first launched under the title “who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green” at 100 Tonson Gallery in Bangkok / Thailand in 2010, at a time when there was an intense conflict between “red” and “yellow” shirt protesters. Red, yellow, and green Thai curries, as visitors were invited to add charcoal drawings to the white gallery walls, showing political motives. In Basel, this was repeated with a different topic. The project is usually conceived for a given space according to the socio-political context of the surrounding region.
In this conversation with Dr. Bettina Krogemann, the managing director of 100 Tonson Gallery, Aey Phanachet, talks about the concept of the work, the involvement of the visitors and how it was received by collectors. 100 Tonson Gallery is the only gallery from Southeast Asia taking part in Art Basel 2011.
Rirkrit Tiravanija cooking-as-event and political drawing at the booth of 100 Tonson Gallery, Art 42 Basel (Art Feature sector). Basel / Switzerland, June 17, 2011.
PS: Click here for a firsthand report that describes what it’s like to draw for Rirkrit Tiravanija by Georgina Lee at Not-Quite-Critics.
Rirkrit Tiravanija is well known for cooking and sharing meals within the framework of art events and gallery openings. This was also the case with the opening of Tiravanija’s current exhibiton at Gavin Brown’s enterprise in New York. As expected, the soup kitchen that Tiravanija has set up was very well frequented and the visitors enjoyed the meal. But the exhibition titled “Fear Eats the Soul” also features other elements such as a T-Shirt Factory.
The exhibition takes its title from the film “Angst essen Seele auf” (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) from German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder about the relationship between a 60-yeaer-old widowed cleaning woman and a Moroccan guest worker.
The exhibition is running through April 16, 2011. The soup kitchen and the T-Shirt Shop are open Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Rirkrit Tiravanija was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961. He lives and works in New York, where he is Professor at the School of the Arts at Columbia University. Rirkrit Tiravanija was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize by the Guggenheim Museum in 2004, and is the winner of the 2010 Absolut Art Award. The artist recently had a retrospective exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld.
Rirkrit Tiravanija: Fear Eats the Soul at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / USA. Opening reception, March 4, 2011.
This year, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) turns twenty. To celebrate 20 years of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, well-known artist Rirkrit Tiravanija was chosen to develop the artistic program for the anniversary. Tiravanija has invited other prominent artists such as Christian Philipp Müller, Anri Sala, John Bock, and Arto Lindsay to participate in the jubilee. The opening event on September 2, 2009 featured philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah discussing cosmopolitan ethics, Gob Squad’s Welcome-Performance “Who are you wearing?”, Christian Philipp Müller’s performance and installation “Tohuwabohu”, a cooking performance by Rirkrit Tiravanija, and the video installation “Why the Lion Roars” by Anri Sala. This video features impressions from the opening event and excerpts from Christian Philipp Müller’s performance “Tohuwabohu”. The parties and artistic interventions of The Spirit of the House run until September 30, 2009. The full-length version (11:52 Min.) of the video documentary of Christian Philipp Müller’s performance is available after the jump.