Previews

  • Niki de Saint Phalle

    MoMA PS1
    22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
    April 5–September 7, 2020

    Curated by Ruba Katrib

    Florid, bodacious, and unabashed—all words apropos to the work of Niki de Saint Phalle, an aristocratic dropout and unruly visionary. The first exhibition of her work at a New York museum will feature more than one hundred works, including sculpture, prints, and jewelry, as well as documentation of her public works, including original models for and photographs and drawings of Tarot Garden, open to the public since 1998. Inspired by Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell in Barcelona and Ferdinand Cheval’s Le Palais Idéal in southeastern France, and surely influenced by Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers in Los Angeles, the artist began building out her storied fourteen-acre sculpture park in central Italy in 1978 with a bountiful array of figures from the tarot deck, all rendered in plaster and gleaming mosaic atop of Etruscan ruins.

  • “Countryside, The Future”

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York
    1071 Fifth Avenue
    February 20–August 14, 2020

    Curated by Rem Koolhaas and Troy Conrad Therrien

    Following his 2014 Venice Biennale project and its stocktaking of architecture’s “global” condition, Koolhaas, with a host of collaborators, takes on another “mutant form of human coexistence”: the countryside. Eighty case studies of the rapid transformation of rural environments across the planet—ambiguously described in press materials as “non-urban”—will appear in the form of films, documents, and paintings, speaking not of our tired romance with bucolic landscapes but of artificial intelligence, automation, genetic engineering, tax incentives, and managerialism. The emergent financialization that haunted Koolhaas's Delirious New York (1978) has spread worldwide, increasingly integrating the “non-urban” into its economic disposition. Given architecture’s territorializing logics, the exhibition prompts us to question the political consequences of a turn to rural environments: What other forms of collective existence or disobedience can be read in the countryside?