Barbara Visser

Museum De Paviljoens

The title of this survey, “Vertaalde werken/Translated Works: Barbara Visser 1990–2006,” refers to the Dutch artist’s adaptation of her site-specific works to a new venue and format. Working with the Swiss designer Laurenz Brunner, Visser rethought the presentation of numerous photographs, videos, posters, installations, and ephemera from throughout her career. Perhaps the most eye-catching of these translations are the enormous black-and-white images that wallpapered one of the former Documenta 9 pavilions that house Museum De Paviljoens. One of these wallpaper blowups showed a poster from Visser’s 2002 series “Le monde appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt” (The World Belongs to Early Risers) installed at a bus stop in Nice. The poster shows a man lying on the seashore, possibly in ecstasy. The other posters in the series show the same scene, but the camera has pulled back to reveal more

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