Your Eye Is My Island by Pipilotti Rist

Following a successful collaboration between Kvadrat and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art for Pipilotti Rist’s first major presentation of her work in Denmark: Open My Glade, the international contemporary artists’ work is being showcased in a retrospective at The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.

The exhibition is made of some 40 works, dealing with themes such as the body, women, nature, and ecology. Functioning as a complete overview of Rist’s approximately 30-year career, the retrospective encompasses everything from the artist’s early short videos focusing on the female body and identity; a recent large-scale video installation, which gently extols a symbiosis between nature and humans using state-of-the-art video techniques; a new work that incorporates pieces from the museum collection; and an outdoor work fashioned out of recycled materials.

With playful and immersive video experiences, which enable the viewer to relax on a bed and sit around a dining table, the exhibition restructures the relationship between the viewer and the museum in the era of the coronavirus, while also gradually unravelling pressing themes in contemporary society by means of the viewer’s body.

Kvadrat is delighted to support the exhibition with its textiles, Waterborn by Aggebo & Henriksen and Revive by Georgina Wright. The upholstery textile, Waterborn has been used to create an atmospheric curtain that covers the walls for the work “4th Floor to Mildness”. This art piece captures close-ups of aquatic scenes that Rist had overlooked in the past, such as small air bubbles attached to the underside of a leaf, a variety of living creatures, light seeping through a hole in a worm-eaten leaf, mud, and algae. These fragmentary images are projected on a cloud-shaped screen suspended horizontally from the ceiling as visitors lie down on randomly positioned beds, where the textile Revive had been used, and look up at the work from below. As you watch the images you have the illusion that you are underwater.

This situation, in which our muscles as well as our mind and body are relaxed, encourages us to re-examine the institutional taboos and preconceived ideas of the museum.
 
 
Exhibition dates
6 April – 13 June 2021

Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 9:30am – 8:00pm
Monday: Closed, except 3 May
 
Address:
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto26-1,
Okazaki Enshoji-cho,
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8344
Japan