Pascale Marthine Tayou, Cloth Paintings, 2013, cloth on wood, 65 3/8 x 83 7/8 x 3 1/2".


“Pascale Marthine Tayou: I Love You”

Kunsthaus Bregenz
January 25–March 30, 2014

Curated by Yilmaz Dziewior and Okwui Enwezor

“I Love You,” the coquettish subtitle of Pascale Marthine Tayou’s upcoming exhibition at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, is of course gently ironic: an ambivalent affirmation in line with the Cameroonian-born, Belgium-based artist’s long history of ebullient antagonism toward the museums and biennials that host his work. Whether through jury-rigged installations that destabilize institutions’ physical and conceptual architecture from within or via his dazzling aesthetics of excess (think bauble-swathed Venetian crystal sculptures bedecked with crimson chicken-feather headdresses), Tayou always finds ways to unsettle and confound. This exhibition, featuring an impressive lineup of the artist’s motley characters and constructions—including the transparent “unsculptures” that mock conceptions of Africa as opaque, a “favela” of hundreds of birdcages, and a perilously balanced “endless column” of cookware—promises to explode a love bomb of scattered dimensions across three floors of the kunsthaus.