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HAPPENINGText: Terevision Ruiz

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is a must for all those who are interested in the most avant-garde contemporary art. The third floor of the Museum houses an exhibition where the best works of one of the most acclaimed visual artists have been gathered, Pipilotti Rist (Switzerland, 1962). Under the title “Apricots along the Street“, five video-installations can be seen that form a selection of her works since 1994. The subconscious, the dimensions, or the weakness of the body are some of the obsessions that roam the videos of Pipilotti.

Pipilotti Rist “Ever is Over All” (1997)

After arriving at the third floor of the Reina Sofia, we come across some curtains that separate the real world from the universe of the Swiss artist. In the first room we can see “Sip My Ocean” (1996), recorded underwater; it is composed of two projections that meet in a corner of the room, forming a strange effect. We cross over to the room opposite where “Ever is Over All” (1997) shows a woman walking happily down a street whilst she breaks the windows of the parked cars with an enormous flower.

Pipilotti Rist “Blue Bodily Letter” (1992/1999)

Then we come across “I couldn’t agree with you” (1999) where a woman carries out daily tasks whilst on her forehead disturbing images appear. In “Blue Bodily Letter” (1992/1999) the camera films a body close up, and finally “The Room” (1994/2000), a living room fitted out like a drawing room of the Alice in Wonderland kind, with an enormous sofa and chairs. In them the viewer can climb up and make themselves comfortable watching the television (normal sized) with remote control included, where, on its different channels, fragments of the artists’ installations can be seen.

Pipilotti Rist “Apricots along the Streets”
Date: October 3rd, 2001 – January 2nd, 2002
Place: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
Address: Santa Isabel 52, 28012 Madrid
Tel: +34 917 74 1000

Text: Terevision Ruiz
Photos: Courtesy of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia © Pipilotti Rist

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