Rirkrit Tiravanija

magazine station no. 5, Artspace, NZ

6th August – 6 September

Calendar of events

Artspace is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija in New Zealand.   Visitors to the gallery are invited to participate in creating material for the 5th issue of Ver magazine, a publishing venture developed by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Plan b. in Bangkok in 2002. Previous editions of Ver have been made in Tokyo, Milan, Oslo and Berlin. Tiravanija will be in Auckland to launch magazine station no. 5, Artspace, NZ and is bringing two young Thai artists, Pratchaya Phinthong and Pattara Chanruechachai of Plan b. to work on the project.

From raw to cooked, Artspace will be open to a flux of diverse discourse, contemplation, critique and enjoyment. Like setting a table for dinner, the parameters are described but the outcome is never determined.
An ebb and flow of activities will take place: talks, performances, workshops, debates, meals, conversations, lessons, fashion shows, demonstrations, interviews, film viewings and games. Visitors are invited to become a catalyst for events and to participate in generating material for the magazine through discussion, activity and exchange.

Local participation in Ver magazine is strong, designer Nick Spratt will create the layout and the magazine will be published in New Zealand. Ver magazine is a large format, unbound publication made up of colour photographic images and audio recordings.  Like many of Rirkrit Tiravanija’s projects, Ver has an open-ended quality.  The magazine has a basic structure, but its content is determined by participation: who comes into the gallery and how they choose to engage with this platform of activity.  This unique New Zealand issue of Ver magazine will travel with the project around the world until all copies are distributed.

Since the 1990s Rirkrit Tiravanija’s work has had a profound influence on contemporary art:

“He is arguably the most influential artist of his generation. He has transformed the notion of conceptual art by taking his environments out of the museum to the ends of the earth, literally. He has travelled extensively for the last decade and has been a great mentor and teacher to many students all over the world.” says celebrated curator Laura Hopton.

Redefining the space between sculpture, installation and performance, his work has encouraged the direct participation of museum and gallery visitors and focussed on the relationships formed between people. Tiravanija has memorably created installations in which he cooked and served Thai curry to gallery visitors and built a fully functioning, full-scale replica of his New York apartment for members of the public to use 24 hours a day.

Rirkrit Tiravanija was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1961. He studied at the Ontario School of Art in Toronto, the Banff Center School of Fine Arts, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Independent Studies Program in New York. He has developed significant projects for the Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sydney Biennale and Venice Biennale, to name but a few from an extensive list of group, and one-person shows in Asia, Europe, and North America. He lives and works in New York and Chiangmai.

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