Pipilotti Rist

Kunsthalle Zurich

It’s surprising that with all the attention Pipilotti Rist has received in the last few years this exhibition was the artist’s first major solo show in her hometown. Happily, Rist didn’t disappoint, presenting five new works created for the show and one big installation, Himalaya Goldsteins Stube (Remake of the Weekend), 1998–99, which had already shown in Berlin and Vienna but was here expanded and reworked. Aptly organized around a partly autobiographical, partly fictional idea of “home,” the Kunsthalle was divided into seven spaces, like different areas of a house. In the entryway (which Rist named the Hausumschwung, or yard) was the kind of makeshift tent—old blankets, bits of found fabric—that a child might set up for a backyard sleepover. Here Rist showed slides of friends and family engaged in an array of ordinary activities. Her lighthearted tone was carried into the “

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