PRINT December 2005

Daniel Birnbaum

1 RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA With a traveling retrospective hosted by three major institutions in Europe—the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Serpentine Gallery in London, and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris—and a key work (made in collaboration with Philippe Parreno) at the Lyon Biennale, Tiravanija had, in a way, his biggest year yet. The artist’s midcareer survey, titled “A Retrospective (Tomorrow Is Another Fine Day),” took a different form at each of its three venues. For the kickoff at the Boijmans, Tiravanija displayed no objects, just empty plywood simulacra of gallery spaces in which he has temporarily set up house. Walking through, audiences listened to sound tracks, including one scripted by science-fiction writer Bruce Sterling: “Imagine living in an art gallery. No, don’t even try. That’s unimaginable.” A conventional exhibition would have been impossible,

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