Åbn min lysning (Open My Glade)
Kvadrat and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art have joined forces on their most extensive art collaboration to date
Åbn min lysning (Open My Glade) by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962) is the artist’s first major presentation of her work in Denmark. The exhibition will include a new site-specific work, Reversed Eyelid, which has been created in collaboration with Kvadrat. The piece is composed of more than 40 Kvadrat Soft Cells panels, creating a 54 meter long visual with a spectacular visual designed by the artist printed on Kvadrat’s upholstery textile Primus.
Åbn min lysning (Open My Glade) displays formats and themes that are interwoven in body and technology, sexes and nature, along with inner and outer spaces melting together in a visual puzzling universe that surround, challenge and enchant us.
In the South Wing of Louisiana, the exhibition takes on character of a site-specific total installation, spanning from her earlier work of video sculptures, large scale video and sound installations to projections on ceilings, walls and flooring. She liberates the moving images from the rectangular screens in a generous spatial installation.
Kvadrat closely collaborated with Pipilotti Rist in creating Reversed Eyelid, which soft coloured membranes covers the walls in the ‘apartment’ of the South Wing. The motif on the custom-made Kvadrat Soft Cells panels is depicting the imagery behind eyelids. The design is an almost ‘solarized’ afterimage that simultaneously has the character of a microscopic view inside the body. By placing us behind the imitated eyelid, Pipilotti Rist reduces us into tiny units inside a body with radical change in proportions as consequence.
Pipilotti Rist is internationally renowned for her boundry-breaking explorations of sensory conception and the moving image in contemporary art. Since the mid-1980s, Pipilotti Rist has worked across a broad and evolving palette of video technologies whose rules, practices and limitations she explores and disrupts. The collaboration between Pipilotti Rist and Kvadrat has been managed by Julia Rodriques and Francesca Astesani from South into North, who have been advising Kvadrat on its art collaborations over the past three years.
Pipilotti Rist: Åbn min Lysning (Open My Glade)
1 March – 23 June 2019