• Still from a 30-second television spot by Chris Burden that aired on Los Angeles local stations for two weeks in the fall of 1977. From Chris Burden, Full Financial Disclosure, 1977.

    Chris Burden

    Middelheim Museum
    Middelheimlaan 61
    May 30–September 27, 2009

    Curated by Menno Meeuwis and Sara Weyns

    In 1984, Chris Burden dropped sixty I beams into a pit of wet concrete in an upstate New York art park, skewering the very notion of heroic public sculpture. (The work was dismantled three years later.) A live re-creation of Beam Drop in the Middelheimmuseum’s sprawling sculpture park will be the centerpiece of this survey of the Topanga Canyon, California–based iconoclast’s works from the past forty years. Eight of Burden’s recent “bridge” sculptures will be installed in the park’s pavilion and inside the former castle, and a selection of his videos—from his seminal ’70s performances to more recent documentations of his Erector Set constructions—will be presented on screens throughout the museum’s grounds. The organizers aim to highlight, across media, the power of Burden’s work to challenge and expand the physical and psychological limits of art. Picnics in Antwerp may never be the same again!