February 7, 2007

Gravity, Be My Friend


Pipilotti Rist

February 10 – June 17, 2007

Curator: Richard Julin

This spring Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall proudly presents the Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist with her first solo exhibition in Scandinavia. Pipilotti Rist is one of the most prominent artists working today, best known for her dream-like video installations and color-drenched imagery. Probing both physical and psychological dimensions her exploration of the body, our senses, rituals and taboos are at once poetical, intimate and playfully entertaining.

The exhibition comprises central pieces in Rist’s production as well as two newly produced works. The title-piece Tyngdkraft, var min vän (Gravity, Be My Friend) is a new large-scale audiovisual installation being specially produced for Magasin 3. Richard Julin, the exhibition curator, relates:

The new work Tyngdkraft, var min vän offers an overall experience where the viewer laying down is taken to a place at the beginning of time or possibly in the future.

Pipilotti Rist aims at including us in a specific setting, putting us ‘into the movie’ in order to open up our mind to complex themes. Tyngdkraft, var min vän is a further development of her working method and imagery. Pipilotti Rist explains:

With this work I want to encompass a flash of consciousness in the spectators minds, a kind of mildness to themselves and a relativisation of their personal problems.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Magasin 3 is producing a richly illustrated publication entitled Congratulations! It contains a conversation between the artist and Richard Julin, including anecdotes from the creation process and reflections on life, art and food.


About the artist:

Pipilotti Rist was born in Grabs, in the Swiss Rhine Valley, in 1962. Rist lives and works in Zurich and in the mountains of Switzerland. She studied at the Institute of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, from 1982-1986 
and at the School of Design in Basel, Switzerland, from 1986-1988.

She has had solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Bremen (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2010); KIASMA Museum for Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2009); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2009); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2007); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (2006); the contribution of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture BAK, Church of San Stae, 51st Venice Biennale (2005); the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, (2004); the Public Art Fund, Times Square, New York (2000); Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1998); and the 22nd Biennial of São Paulo, Brazil (1994), among others.

For press inquiries please contact:

Tove Schalin, exhibition coordinator: schalin@magasin3.com, +46 8 545 680 44