St. Gallen

Jason Rhoades

Sammlung Hauser & Wirth

Jason Rhoades’s installation My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage . . . , 2004, was the final exhibition to take place in the spaces of the Hauser & Wirth Collection at the Roundhouse. Specially conceived by Rhoades for the idiosyncratic architecture and vast dimensions of the former locomotive shed, the installation is also one element in an evolving project by the artist that will culminate in a center for his work in Mecca, California. Put simply, the Roundhouse has been incorporated into the plan as a model of the structure to be built in the desert landscape.

Here in St. Gallen, My Madinah was a spectacular and highly contemporary piece of showmanship. Colored neon lights that hung from the ceiling emblazoned the air with a multitude of English phrases referring to female genitalia—an awesome 1,724 expressions collected by the artist, ranging from the gentle and rather poetic (sugared

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