Pipilotti Rist

Magasin 3 Projekt (Djurgårdsbrunn)

Otherworldly femininity, vivacious color, and trancelike fantasy sum up the qualities many viewers have found in the art of Pipilotti Rist. By now overused and hollowed out, whatever these terms once evoked seemed beside the point of her retrospective “Gravity, Be My Friend.” Eight installations (and fifteen videos available on demand in the installation Das Zimmer [The Room], 1994/2007) spanning Rist’s work since 1986 offered more perspective and substance than phrases like visual poetics can handle. Retrospectives are occasions to sharpen judgment and revise early conclusions. Here are a few:

Rist is an entertainer. True, to most ears in the art world that sounds patronizing, but along with that of kindred spirits like Mike Smith, Rist’s critical contribution to contemporary culture has been a renegotiation of art’s relationship to entertainment. I don’t mean the “I’m messing up my room”

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