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Rirkrit Tiravanija

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The format of the retrospective exhibition seldom varies, no matter how ill suited it is to a particular artist’s work. Rirkrit Tiravanija’s midcareer survey at the Boijmans—subtitled “A Retrospective (Tomorrow Is Another Fine Day)”—was exceptional in its drastic problematization of the genre’s conventions: There were no works or even remnants of works, only crude, empty plywood simulacra of seven gallery spaces in which Tiravanija exhibited over the past fifteen years. Walking through this show of voids, one encountered various sound tracks, various voices: Loudspeakers in several rooms broadcast the voice of a “ghost” scripted by novelist Bruce Sterling—the disembodied musings of a deceased art lover and gourmand who overdosed on food (including Tiravanija’s) and now haunts the galleries. On the audio guide, a female narrator provided commentary on each exhibition past, according to a

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