Pipilotti Rist

Hauser & Wirth London | Piccadilly

Leo Steinberg’s idea of the flatbed picture plane is well-known, but recently there have been so many exhibitions inviting viewers to lie down (in London, projects by Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, and Olafur Eliasson have all evidenced the trend) that a new twist in the concept may be necessary: the flatbed audience.

Like her installation at San Stae in Venice as part of the 2005 Biennale, Pipilotti Rist’s new work is a ceiling projection, and was best viewed from the daybeds installed in the space (shoes off, please!) rather than by standing and straining one’s neck. But whereas the earlier work, Homo sapiens sapiens, 2005, envisioned an all-female prelapsarian paradise, its sequel, Eine Freiheitstatue für Löndön (A Liberty Statue for Löndön), 2005, presents an ethereal-looking red-headed woman’s journey out of Eden through a long graffiti-ridden corridor or tunnel—a sort of

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