Untitled 2017 (and the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already, it was impossible to say which was which.)
Gold leaf wall, marble, silkscreen
733 x 350 x 100 cm
With the installation Untitled 2017 (“and the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already, it was impossible to say which was which.”), Rirkrit Tiravanija transformed the ‘art fair booth’ of Tommy Simoens at Westbund Art and Design into a single piece of art. The walls of the booth are fully covered with gold leaf, with a white marble parrot sculpture standing on the board stretched out from the wall. While the golden leaves and the marble parrot have strong references to Joseph Beuys’ renowned performance How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (1965), and the famous sketch Dead Parrot (1969) by Monthy Python’s Flying Circus, the powerlessness of language and persuation, and the absurdity of the works own situation is outspoken most by it’s title, a quote taken from George Orwell’s 1945 novella Animal Farm, and reproduced on the back side of the golden wall. Orwell himself said about Animal Farm it was his intention, in full consciousness of what he was doing, “to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose in one whole”.
Rirkrit Tiravanija is internationally known for his socially-engaged works, initiating ways for people to become part of the art-making process. He is widely recognised as one of the most important artists of his generation. Rirkrit Tiravanija is currently also featured in artist Yutaka Sone’s solo exhibition Obsidian at Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (11 Nov, 2017 - Mar, 2018). With Rirkrit Tiravanijas installation at Westbund, Tommy Simoens presents for the second consecutive year an ambitious solo presentation at West Bund Art and Design in the ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng section, following Yutaka Sone’s Flying chairs marble piece in 2016. Xiàn Chǎng presents gallery solo presentations with renowned artists from around the world, situated both inside the fair and spanning the entire space of the West Bund district.
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Artist Rirkrit Tiravanija Artists Rirkrit Tiravanija Start Exhibition Nov 10, 2017 End exhibition Nov 12, 2017