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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

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 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

installation view

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

image

untitled 1992 (free), 1992

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

installation view

image

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

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija’s long and varied career in many ways eludes classification. As the artist himself asserts, “relational,” is an apt descriptor for much of his work, as his artistic production focuses on real-time experience and exchange, breaking down the barriers between the object and the spectator in a process that questions both the fetishizing of the art object, as well as the sacredness of the gallery and museum display. Tiravanija’s unorthodox work first came to public awareness in a 1989 New York group show in which he showcased Untitled Empty Parenthesis, which consisted of the remains of a green curry meal. He continued to push the possibilities and question the principles of the gallery space, eventually preparing large meals for gallery-goers as in Untitled (Free) (1992), and inviting people to live within his piece Untitled (1999), which consisted of an exact replica of his East Village apartment. Tiravanija has described his work in these years 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 return to its original use, pissing into it.” Essentially, Tiravanija’s interest lies in a desire to subvert deeply-ingrained ways of interacting with “art,” seeking alternative experiences of time, opening the door for novel forms of collaboration and exchange, diminishing the preciousness of objects through a reconsideration of their lifecycle and function—all while remaining resolutely accessible and open to a broad public.

 

As a Thai artist born in Argentina and now living between New York, Berlin, and Chiang Mai, Tiravanija’s work often carries strains of his own nomadic existence, the blending and re-combination of 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, the way it 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 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 Hugo Boss Prize (2004); The Lucelia Artist Award (20039; and the Gordon Matta Clark Foundation Award (1993), among others.

 

He has had individual exhibitions at the following institutions: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, United States (2014); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, United States (2013); Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom (2013); Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2012); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, (2012); MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), New York, United States (2012); Bonnierskonsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2011); Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, United States (2009); Drawing Center, New York, United States (2008), among others. He has also participated at group exhibitions at the following institutions: The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California (2014); The National Museum of Norway, Oslo, Norway (2014); The New Museum, New York, United States (2013); The Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2012), among many others.

 

He has participated in various biennials, including: The Sharjah Biennial 12, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2015 & 2007); The 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2013); The XIV International Biennial of Sculpture, Carrara, Italy (2012); The 9th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2012); Whitney Biennial, New York, United States (2006); Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Baulo, Brazil (2006); 2nd Guangzhou Trienal, Guangzhou, China (2005); The 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2003 & 1999); The 7th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2001), among others.

 

Tiravanija lives and works in New York, United States.