Monumenta 2011 in Paris / France, internationally renowned artist Anish Kapoor has created a truly monumental work called Leviathan | The Hardt
For Monumenta 2011 in Paris / France, internationally renowned artist Anish Kapoor has created a truly monumental work called Leviathan. Kapoor created a space within the space of the Grand Palais. “Visitors will be invited to walk inside the work, to immerse themselves in color, and it will, I hope, be a contemplative and poetic experience” (Anish Kapoor). Video by Christophe Ecoffet.
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Falling Garden by Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger| Rebecca Law ‘Garten’
Falling Garden (2003) by Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger located at the 50th Venice Biennial in the Church of San Stae on the Grand Canal. The Falling Garden was created for the 50th Venice Biennial in 2003. It was housed in the Church of San Stae on the Grand Canal. It was conceived and executed by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger. Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger create site-specific fantasias and interactive wonderlands which are an adaptation of nature. The two have collaborated since 1997 and among the most successful contemporary Swiss artists.
Conceived and executed by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger, Falling Garden (2003) is a world in which botanical curios are suspended from the ceiling of a 17th-century church for the 50th Venice Biennial in 2003. It’s a botanic tableau in three dimensions, against a backdrop of richly decorated Italian marble.
Plain Space Exhibition – John Pawson – Design Museum London 2010 | The Hardt
Plain Space Exhibition – John Pawson – Design Museum London 2010. The goal here was to communicate the thinking and give a sense of the body of work, whilst also engaging the widest possible audience. Since engagement is facilitated by first-hand experience, a site-specific, 1:1 installation was conceived as a key element — the first time anyone had constructed a building inside the Design Museum. As well as the more conventional curated content of an architectural show, the design incorporated subtle changes to the gallery space itself, on the basis that the success of the exhibition would not simply be a matter of the quality of the assembled material, but of the overall atmosphere, this spatial recalibration would generate.
The team at Studio Hardie, based in Lewes, East Sussex, has a wide range of specialist expertise from cutting-edge design to age-old craft skills. In this post, Hamish Boden describes the challenges they faced when creating the ultimate modern exhibition space using traditional skills. This project was a 1:1 scale architectural installation to host the Plain Space exhibition for British architect John Pawson , described by the New York Times as “the father of modern architectural minimalism”. The installation space was both a location for the exhibition and part of the event and was based at the Design Museum, London, in September 2010. Hamish writes “This was one of Studio Hardie’s first full-scale architectural installations, essentially a building inside a building. The difficulty with achieving a crisp minimal look is that exposed fixings are not allowed so all the mechanics go on behind the scenes. Another major hurdle of the project was the timescale, achieving the level of tolerance and perfection on a really tight installation turnaround. The beauty of having such a big workshop is that you can create entire structures, test them check everything fits and make fine adjustments before leaving the workshop, this can save days of site work.
Spending time meticulously planning the install is critical; the choreography of how everything comes together quickly, accurately and beautifully. We couldn’t rely on ‘off the shelf’ being totally straight so we designed a new system for making dead flat-straight walls out of MDF torsion boxes. You often hear carpenters complaining about using MDF but for us it was a rare treat. We are used to using solid timber that shrinks cracks and moves. MDF, in contrast, is a very predictable and versatile material. It was a real challenge to create the curved ceiling. We knew that constructing the sections on the floor would mean we could make a much better quality finish than working over-head. This is where modern technology meets classic old-fashioned carpentry knowledge. To get the perfect curve we had some roof fins cut with CNC and covered them with a thin sheet of MDF.
Photos: Gilbert McCarragher and Marco Zanta
Project Team Mark Treharne, Chris Masson, Nicholas Barba, Alison Morris
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Thomas Hirschhorn Swiss, b. 1957, Bern, Switzerland, based in Paris, France
Using his signature materials of plywood, cardboard, aluminum foil, packing tape, and copious photocopies, Thomas Hirschhorn makes installations that advance pointed critiques of the global military-industrial complex. Hirschhorn’s works overflow with imagery and text, created with a deliberately slap-dash DIY aesthetic and often incorporating the writings of such Leftist philosophers as Antonio Gramsci and Georges Bataille. The over-abundance of ideas and images in Hirschhorn’s installations mimics the media saturation of contemporary life and highlights the desensitization that consumers experience as a result. For Laundrette (2001), the artist transformed the gallery space into a facsimile of a typical Laundromat, complete with drab linoleum floor, garbage bins, and chained up plastic chairs, juxtaposed with the phrases from Marxist writings adorning the walls.
Chiharu Shiota is primarily known for large-scale installations such as The Key In The Hand (2015) with which she represented Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale. The starting points for the majority of Shiota’s installations are collections of used possessions; belongings, haunted by memories, that act as expressions of human acts. Complex networks of yarn are often interlaced around and between objects, linking their inherent narratives and creating a new visual plane, as if painting in mid-air.
Shiota initially studied painting at Seika University, Kyoto. During this time she undertook an exchange residency at Canberra School of Art, Australia. It was here that she began to explore the boundaries of painting, staging her first performance Becoming Painting (1994) in which she used her body as a canvas.
She moved to Germany in 1996 and continued her studies, firstly in Braunschweig and later Berlin, where she continues to live today. Her installations began receiving international attention in 2000, primarily through the group exhibition Continental Shift at the Ludwig Forum, Aachen and also the 2001 Yokohama Triennale.