Question the Wall Itself
Exhibition, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA.
Question the Wall Itself examines ways that interior spaces and décor can be fundamental to the understanding of cultural identity.
This multimedia exhibition showcases work by 23 international, multigenerational artists who explore the political and social dimensions of interior architecture as well as its complicated relationship to history and their own backgrounds.
Presented are pieces conceived as rooms, from the anteroom, prison cell, and living room to the library, showroom, and garden. Through the artists’ examinations of such spaces – both public and private – the contexts of these environments are revealed. The show takes as its guiding principal what Belgian artist and poet Marcel Broodthaers termed “esprit décor”, a critique of ideas of nationality, the effects of globalisation, and the space of the institution through constructed interior scenes.