Åbn min lysning (Open My Glade) by Pipilotti Rist

Humlebæk, 2019

Åbn min lysning (Open My Glade) by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist is the artist’s first major presentation of her work in Denmark. The installation will include a new independent textile work, Reversed Eyelid, which has been created in collaboration with Kvadrat. The piece is composed of more than 40 Kvadrat Soft Cell panels, creating a 54 meter long panel with a spectacular print designed by the artist. The print is conceived on the Kvadrat upholstery textile Primus.

The exhibition 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 the 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: “I am impressed by the tradition of collaborations between Kvadrat and different designers, architects and artists. What I have seen of their collaboration with Verner Panton has influenced me. Also, the spirit of the people in the company is very tender and uplifting, as was my collaboration and experience working with them.”

Anders Byriel, CEO Kvadrat: “Pipilotti Rist is one of the most interesting contemporary artists and we are very proud to be invited to participate to collaborate on a third new work. Our journey with Pipilotti started with the New Museum in New York where we helped her with the development of 4th Floor to Mildness (2016). Followed by a solo show in MCA in Sydney where we collaborated on Sound Passages (2017) and now a new textile work premiering in Louisiana, Reversed Eyelid. Our collaboration with Pipilotti has been an inspiring journey, investigating spatial design and materiality.”

Pipilotti Rist is internationally renowned for her boundary-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. 

1 March - 23 June 2019

Opening hours
Tuesday – Friday, 11:00-22:00
Saturday – Sunday, 11:00-18:00
Monday closed

Read more about Pipilotti Rist at Louisiana here


About Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti Rist was born in 1962 in Grabs, Switzerland. She lives and works in Zürich. The artist was called Lotti (her full name is Elisabeth Charlotte) and added Pipi to Lotti the day she started in 1982 at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna, where she studied graphic design and animation and began making Super-8 films.

Alongside her studies she created stage designs or ‘visuals’ for various bands. In 1988-94 she was a member of the band ‘Les Reines Prochaines’. Since the end of the 1980s Rist has had a wide-ranging international exhibition practice and stands as a significant figure and pioneer on the contemporary art scene with her many-faceted works.

Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented internationally at venues including Louisiana, Denmark (2019); MCS, Australia (2017); New Museum, United States (2016); Kunsthaus Zürich (2016); Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (2015); Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (2013); Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea (2012); Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2011); the Hayward Gallery, London (2011); the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2011); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2009); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2007); and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX (2006); among many others. Rist was awarded the Harper’s Bazaar Art China Prize (2013), the Zurich Festival Prize (2013), and the Joan Miró Prize (2009).