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Kai Althoff, Untitled, 2015, oil, pencil, oil pastel, and oil crayon on fabric, 55 7/8 × 52".

New York

“Kai Althoff: And then leave me to the common swifts”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
September 18 - January 22

Curated by Kai Althoff, Laura Hoptman, and Margaret Ewing

Kai Althoff is decadent, in the fin-de-siècle sense of the word. The artist’s Symbolist eye for all things excessive, ardent, and synesthetic was cultivated in 1990s Cologne, yet Althoff enacts the figure of the post-Kippenberger dandy not as slacker but as devotee, all about the details. His kaleidoscopic uses of decor, staging, installation, and performance have long explored the hermetic and private histories of late late capitalism (a project for Artforum in 2011 peeked inside the apartment of a jeweler-collector from Warhol’s circle). But Althoff’s is a Gesamtkunstwerk divided against itself, never cohering into some neat whole. This quixotic show, helmed by the artist, will include some two hundred works in all manner of media, from painting to music to fragrance to sculpture—as well as an artist’s book—creating a world of interiors all its own.