Sunday, 16 November 2008


Philip Parreno's entrance

Angela Bulloch's ceiling

Maurizio Cattelan's Pinochio, after jumping down the atrium

Carsten Holler's 'Revolving Hotel Room'

Liam Gillick's sign and Angela Bulloch's light sculptures

Claire brushing her teeth next to Angela Bulloch's light sculptures

Rirkrit Tiravanija's cinema of censored films

Jorge Pardo's partition walls

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's 'Panorama', empty space filled with the sound of rain

Rirkrit Tiravanija's lounge with video portraits of the artists

Pablo and Guggenheim's security

Claire and Pablo in bed

breakfast in bed

next day outside...

Guggenheim New York
October 24, 2008–January 7, 2009
Organized by Nancy Spector, Chief Curator.

During the 1990s, a number of artists claimed the exhibition itself as a medium. Working independently and in various collaborative constellations, they eschewed the discrete aesthetic object in favor of the exhibition environment as a dynamic arena, ever expanding in its physical and temporal parameters. For these artists, an exhibition can be a film, a novel, a shared meal, a social space, a performance, or a journey. Using the museum as a platform for projects that reach beyond the visual arts, their work often commingles with disciplines such as architecture, design, and theater, engaging directly with the vicissitudes of everyday life to offer subtle moments of transformation.

The Guggenheim’s exhibition, theanyspacewhatever, brings together 10 artists who exemplify this creative impulse: Angela Bulloch, Maurizio Cattelan, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. While these artists all employ markedly different aesthetic strategies and do not constitute a formally affiliated group, their varying practices are conceptually unified by a desire to shift the terms of artistic practice beyond mimetic representation, and in doing so engender a kind of activated spectatorship. Invited to collectively formulate a scenario for an exhibition, they determined, in discussion with Nancy Spector, Chief Curator, that the presentation should comprise a series of individual projects that intersect and overlap in the museum’s spiraling rotunda. This layered installation thus reflects the dialectic between the group and the individual that informs their shared histories.


About Carsten Holler's Project for people to sleep for a night in his bed at the Guggenheim:

From October 25 through January 6, guests can reserve an overnight stay in Revolving Hotel Room, a work of art created by artist Carsten Höller, at the Guggenheim Museum. Höller's fully functioning hotel room invites visitors to spend the night in the museum's rotunda on four slow-turning discs equipped with comfortable sleeping, dressing, and working areas. Members of the public can reserve the room for one night each and enjoy a leisurely private viewing of the entire exhibition at any point during their stay.

Revolving Hotel Room is an art installation comprising three outfitted, superimposed turning glass discs mounted onto a fourth disc that all turn harmoniously at a very slow speed. During the day the hotel room will be on view as part of the Guggenheim’s theanyspacewhatever exhibition, which runs from October 24, 2008–January 7, 2009. At night, the art installation becomes an operative hotel room outfitted with luxury amenities.

Offer is subject to availability. Rates do not include taxes, gratuities, or incidental charges. Stay may only include one night. Limit one night per person. A maximum of two people per night.

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