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untitled 1998 (pad thai), 1990

electric woks, cooking utensils, pad thai recipe, glass display case

installation view

untitled 1998 (pad thai), 1990

electric woks, cooking utensils, pad thai recipe, glass display case

installation view

untitled 1992 (free), 1992

gallery equipment, artworks, fridge, table, stools, cooking utensils, cooking ingredients

installation view

untitled 1992 (free), 1992

gallery equipment, artworks, fridge, table, stools, cooking utensils, cooking ingredients

installation view

untitled 1993 (sleep/winter), 1993

straw mat, foam mattress, cotton pillow, duvet

installation view

untitled 1993 (sleep/winter), 1993

straw mat, foam mattress, cotton pillow, duvet

installation view

untitled (tomorrow is another day), 1996

installation view

untitled 1996 (rehearsal studio no. 6, silent version), 1996

plexiglass, steel, musical instruments, amplifiers, headphones, archive recordings

installation view

untitled 1997 (playtime), 1997

wood, glass, grey carpet, video monitor, video with excerpts from playtime (france 1967, directed by jacques tati), children's activities.

installation view

untitled 1997 (playtime), 1997

wood, glass, grey carpet, video monitor, video with excerpts from playtime (france 1967, directed by jacques tati), children's activities.

installation view

untitled 1999 (caravan), 1999

wooden scale replica of caravan used for on the road with jiew jeib sri and moo, electric stoves, pots, cusions, water pump, monitor, dvd player, library of road movies

installation view

untitled 1999 (royal thai pavilion), 1999

wooden platform, teak tree, chalkboard, chalk, posters, advertisements, envelopes, invitation cards, flags, performance schedule

installation view

untitled 1999 (royal thai pavilion), 1999

wooden platform, teak tree, chalkboard, chalk, posters, advertisements, envelopes, invitation cards, flags, performance schedule

installation view

untitled 1999 (royal thai pavilion), 1999

wooden platform, teak tree, chalkboard, chalk, posters, advertisements, envelopes, invitation cards, flags, performance schedule

installation view

untitled 2002 (the raw and the cooked), 2002

long table, custom-made plastic foods, drinks, monitors screening footage of people making fake food

installation view

untitled 2003 (elephant juice), 2003

stage, headphones, pole, pole dancer

performance documentation

chew the fat (a documentary portraid by rirkrit tiravanija), 2008

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untitled 2002 (he promised), 2002

chrome and stainless steel, monitors, palms

installation view

untitled 2002 (he promised), 2002

chrome and stainless steel, monitors, palms

installation view

untitled 2002 (he promised), 2002

chrome and stainless steel, monitors, palms

installation view

untitled 2005 (the air between the chain-link fence and the broken bicycle wheel), 2005

glass and stainless-steel structure with transmitter, wooden structure with receiver, furniture, monitors

installation view

untitled 2006 (demo station no. 5), 2006

various materials

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untitled 2006 (demo station no. 5), 2006

various materials

installation view

palm pavilion (2006-2008), 2006-2008

installation view of palm pavillion at kurimanzutto, mexico city

palm pavilion (2006-2008), 2006-2008

installation view of palm pavillion at kurimanzutto, mexico city

palm pavilion (2006-2008), 2006-2008

installation view of palm pavillion at kurimanzutto, mexico city

menos petróleo más valor, 2008

oil on clayboard

14.75 x 23.62 inches

untitled 2011 (menos petróleo más valor / 14 de junio 2011), 2011

acrylic and newspaper on linen

75.31 x 68.03 inches

untitled 2007 (esto no es decoración), 2007

oil paint on board

18 x 24 inches

untitled 2012 (the sun is gone but we have the light), 2012

oil on canvas

102.36 x 62.99 inches

untitled 2011 (el gusano), 2011

acrylic on newspaper (set of 110 drawings) and 40,000 clay tortillas

14.96 x 22.64 inches each drawing, 5.12 inches diameter of each tortilla

untitled 2011 (los días de esta sociedad son contados), 2011

acrylic on newspaper

set of 20, 14.96 x 22.64 inches each

untitled 2011 (los días de esta sociedad son contados, 7 de julio de 2010), 2010

acrylic and newspaper on linen

75.39 x 68.5 x 1.57 inches

untitled 2012 (mañana es la cuestión), 2012

silkscreen on set of three ping pong tables and paddles, lime tennis court tracing

36.61 x 108.66 x 64.96 inches each

untitled 2012 (mañana es la cuestión), 2012

detail view of ping pong paddle

untitled 2012 (all those years at no. 17e london terrace), 2012

wooden structure, 1,938 CDs, 949 books, original furniture, 3 sets of posters, kitchen with gas, 12 scanned and 3D printed objects in abc plastic

dimensions variable

untitled 2012, 2012

stainless steel, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene plastic

variable dimensions

untitled 2012, 2012

detail view

untitled 2013 (todos juntos / jueves 5 y viernes 6 de septiembre de 2013), 2013

encaustic and newspaper on linen, set of two

75.31 x 68.03 inches each

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untitled 1998 (pad thai), 1990

electric woks, cooking utensils, pad thai recipe, glass display case

installation view

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untitled 1998 (pad thai), 1990

electric woks, cooking utensils, pad thai recipe, glass display case

installation view

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untitled 1992 (free), 1992

gallery equipment, artworks, fridge, table, stools, cooking utensils, cooking ingredients

installation view

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untitled 1992 (free), 1992

gallery equipment, artworks, fridge, table, stools, cooking utensils, cooking ingredients

installation view

image

untitled 1993 (sleep/winter), 1993

straw mat, foam mattress, cotton pillow, duvet

installation view

image

untitled 1993 (sleep/winter), 1993

straw mat, foam mattress, cotton pillow, duvet

installation view

image

untitled (tomorrow is another day), 1996

installation view

image

untitled 1996 (rehearsal studio no. 6, silent version), 1996

plexiglass, steel, musical instruments, amplifiers, headphones, archive recordings

installation view

image

untitled 1997 (playtime), 1997

wood, glass, grey carpet, video monitor, video with excerpts from playtime (france 1967, directed by jacques tati), children's activities.

installation view

image

untitled 1997 (playtime), 1997

wood, glass, grey carpet, video monitor, video with excerpts from playtime (france 1967, directed by jacques tati), children's activities.

installation view

image

untitled 1999 (caravan), 1999

wooden scale replica of caravan used for on the road with jiew jeib sri and moo, electric stoves, pots, cusions, water pump, monitor, dvd player, library of road movies

installation view

image

untitled 1999 (royal thai pavilion), 1999

wooden platform, teak tree, chalkboard, chalk, posters, advertisements, envelopes, invitation cards, flags, performance schedule

installation view

image

untitled 1999 (royal thai pavilion), 1999

wooden platform, teak tree, chalkboard, chalk, posters, advertisements, envelopes, invitation cards, flags, performance schedule

installation view

image

untitled 1999 (royal thai pavilion), 1999

wooden platform, teak tree, chalkboard, chalk, posters, advertisements, envelopes, invitation cards, flags, performance schedule

installation view

image

untitled 2002 (the raw and the cooked), 2002

long table, custom-made plastic foods, drinks, monitors screening footage of people making fake food

installation view

image

untitled 2003 (elephant juice), 2003

stage, headphones, pole, pole dancer

performance documentation

image

chew the fat (a documentary portraid by rirkrit tiravanija), 2008

installation view

image

untitled 2002 (he promised), 2002

chrome and stainless steel, monitors, palms

installation view

image

untitled 2002 (he promised), 2002

chrome and stainless steel, monitors, palms

installation view

image

untitled 2002 (he promised), 2002

chrome and stainless steel, monitors, palms

installation view

image

untitled 2005 (the air between the chain-link fence and the broken bicycle wheel), 2005

glass and stainless-steel structure with transmitter, wooden structure with receiver, furniture, monitors

installation view

image

untitled 2006 (demo station no. 5), 2006

various materials

installation view

image

untitled 2006 (demo station no. 5), 2006

various materials

installation view

image

palm pavilion (2006-2008), 2006-2008

installation view of palm pavillion at kurimanzutto, mexico city

image

palm pavilion (2006-2008), 2006-2008

installation view of palm pavillion at kurimanzutto, mexico city

image

palm pavilion (2006-2008), 2006-2008

installation view of palm pavillion at kurimanzutto, mexico city

image

menos petróleo más valor, 2008

oil on clayboard

14.75 x 23.62 inches

image

untitled 2011 (menos petróleo más valor / 14 de junio 2011), 2011

acrylic and newspaper on linen

75.31 x 68.03 inches

image

untitled 2007 (esto no es decoración), 2007

oil paint on board

18 x 24 inches

image

untitled 2012 (the sun is gone but we have the light), 2012

oil on canvas

102.36 x 62.99 inches

image

untitled 2011 (el gusano), 2011

acrylic on newspaper (set of 110 drawings) and 40,000 clay tortillas

14.96 x 22.64 inches each drawing, 5.12 inches diameter of each tortilla

image

untitled 2011 (los días de esta sociedad son contados), 2011

acrylic on newspaper

set of 20, 14.96 x 22.64 inches each

image

untitled 2011 (los días de esta sociedad son contados, 7 de julio de 2010), 2010

acrylic and newspaper on linen

75.39 x 68.5 x 1.57 inches

image

untitled 2012 (mañana es la cuestión), 2012

silkscreen on set of three ping pong tables and paddles, lime tennis court tracing

36.61 x 108.66 x 64.96 inches each

image

untitled 2012 (mañana es la cuestión), 2012

detail view of ping pong paddle

image

untitled 2012 (all those years at no. 17e london terrace), 2012

wooden structure, 1,938 CDs, 949 books, original furniture, 3 sets of posters, kitchen with gas, 12 scanned and 3D printed objects in abc plastic

dimensions variable

image

untitled 2012, 2012

stainless steel, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene plastic

variable dimensions

image

untitled 2012, 2012

detail view

image

untitled 2013 (todos juntos / jueves 5 y viernes 6 de septiembre de 2013), 2013

encaustic and newspaper on linen, set of two

75.31 x 68.03 inches each

rirkrit tiravanija
* 1961, Buenos Aires.


Even though Rirkrit Tiravanija’s diverse artistic production eludes classification, he has accurately described it as “relational”: a body work focused on real-time experience and exchange that breaks down the barriers between the object and the spectator while questioning the art object as fetish, and the sacredness of the gallery and museum display. Tiravanija’s work first came to public awareness in a 1989 New York gallery through untitled (), which consisted of weekly renewed displays of the various stages of a green curry meal: a pedestal for ingredients, a pedestal for curry cooking on a burner, and a pedestal with waste products. In 1992, he continued to push and question the possibilities and principles of the gallery space in untitled (free), in which he emptied out an art gallery and turned it into a social/meeting space where he cooked large meals for visitors; and in untitled (1999), an exact replica of his East Village apartment where people were invited to live in. Tiravanija has also described his work as: “comparable to reaching out, removing Marcel Duchamp’s urinal from its pedestal, reinstalling it back on the wall, and then, in an act of returning it to its original use, pissing in it.” Tiravanija is interested in subverting deeply-ingrained ways of interacting with art through novel forms of collaboration and exchange that diminish the preciousness of objects reconsidering their lifecycle and function while remaining accessible to a broad public.


Tiravanija is an Argentina born Thai artist who lives between New York, Berlin, and Chiang Mai and his work carries strains of this nomadic existence, blending and re-combining different cultural contexts. Rather than insisting on a particular reality or truth, his work creates open-ended contexts for people to grapple with these questions themselves. The strength of Tiravanija’s work lies precisely in its ephemerality and the slippery ways it escapes definition; he takes the material of the every-day and re-stages it, allowing the viewer a perspective at once banal and deeply profound about the quickly fleeting nature of life itself.


Tiravanija received his BA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1984 and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1986. From 1985-1986, he participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program. He has received numerous grants and awards, including the Absolut Art Award 2010, the Silpathorn Award by the Ministry of Culture in Thailand (2017), Hugo Boss Prize (2004), and Lucelia Artist Award by the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2003),  among others.


Some of Rirkrit Tiravanija’s recent individual exhibitions include: untitled 2018 (the infinite dimensions of smallness), Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission series, National Gallery Singapore (2018); The fire is gone but we have the light: Rirkrit Tiravanija & Korakrit Arunanondchai, Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, United States (2016); Tomorrow is the Question, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, (2016); U.F.O. (Universal Fantastic Occupation), Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2015); untitled 2015 (tomorrow is on our tongue, as today pass from our lips), Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil (CCBB) Distrito Federal, Brasilia (2015); Rirkrit Tiravanija: Tomorrow is the Question, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2015); FOCUS: Rirkrit Tiravanija, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, United States (2014); Without Reality There Is No Utopia, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), San Francisco, United States (2013); Portraits, Tate Modern, London (2013); On air, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2012); Print/Out, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); Rirkrit Tiravanija: Chew the Fat, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, United States (2009); Rirkrit Tiravanija: Demonstration Drawings, Drawing Center, New York (2008), among others.


He has also participated at the following group exhibitions: Power to the People. Political Art Now, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany (2018); The Westreich Wagner collection, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2017); FREDERICK KIESLER: Life Visions, MAK Vienna (2016); In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni, Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2015); Zero Tolerance, MoMA PS1, New York (2015); 1984-1999 La Décennie, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2015); UGO RONDINONE: I ♥ JOHN GIORNO, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Take Me (I’m Yours), Monnaie de Paris (2015); Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, United States (2014); Grip friheten! / Take Liberty!, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, Norway (2014); NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, New Museum, New York (2013); The Red Queen, MONA - Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (2013); Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012), and Thai Transience, Singapore Art Museum (2012), among many others.


He has participated in various biennials, including: Yokohama Triennale 2017, Japan; THE GARDEN – End of Times; Beginning of Times, ARoS triennial, Aarhus, Denmark (2017); 13. Fellbach Triennial of Small-Scale Sculpture, Germany (2016); CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial, Los Angeles (2016); 20 Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala (2016); 56th, 54th, and 48th Venice Biennial (2015, 2011, and 1999, respectively); Sharjah Biennial 12 and 8, United Arab Emirates (2015 and 2007, respectively); 30th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Slovenia (2013); XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara, Italy (2010); 9th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2012); Whitney Biennial 2006, New York; 27a Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006); 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, China (2005); 7. İstanbul Bienali, Turkey (2001), among others.


Tiravanija lives and works in New York, Berlin, and Chiang Mai.