16 June 2014
Fourteen celebrated artists, each allocated an individual room, have been invited to exhibit important performance works at Art Basel 2014. The exhibition explored the relationship between space, time and physicality within artworks whose 'materials' are human beings. Providing an insight into a more performative and interactive practice, visitors will encounter a new situation within each of the rooms, engaging in a diverse series of immersive and intimate experiences.
Hirst’s ‘Twins’ installation piece is exhibited as part of the programme. First shown at Jay Jopling’s stall at the inaugural ‘Unfair’ in Cologne in 1992, the work consists of seated identical twins positioned in front of a pair of Hirst’s spot paintings, applied directly onto the wall behind. The work’s title changes according to the names of the participating twins, thus when first exhibited in 1992 it was variously subtitled ‘Marianne, Hildegard’ and ‘Ingo, Torsten’.
'14 Rooms' will also feature works by artists including Marina Abramović, Allora and Calzadilla, Ed Atkins, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Joan Jonas, Laura Lima, Bruce Nauman, Otobong Nkanga, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono, Tino Sehgal, Santiago Sierra, and Xu Zhen. In addition, two more works by Jordan Wolfson and John Baldessari are featured around the spectacular architectural environment conceived by Herzog & de Meuron – one acting as an epilogue, the other as archival documentation. Both challenge the very notions of live art and the human experience as set out for '14 Rooms'.
Originally commissioned as '11 Rooms' by Manchester International Festival, the International Arts Festival RUHRTRIENNALE 2012-2014 and Manchester Art Gallery, the project was shown as '11 Rooms' at Manchester International Festival in July 2011, as '12 Rooms' at the International Arts Festival RUHRTRIENNALE 2012-2014 and as '13 Rooms' by Kaldor Public Art Projects at Pier 2/3 in Sydney’s Walsh Bay in April 2013.
The exhibition will be on display until Sunday 22nd June.