Vienna

Nina Beier and Marie Lund

Croy Nielsen

This first show at Croy Nielsen by Danish artists Nina Beier and Marie Lund was a tough case. Not because the four works they presented under the title “Permanent Collection” came off as particularly difficult to decipher. On the contrary, it’s because everything was presented so openly and was so easy to read. Everything seemed slick, superficial, too effortlessly digested. But this was precisely the exhibition’s appeal.

Take, for instance, Autobiography (If These Walls Could Speak) (all works 2009), a site-specific piece for which Beier and Lund asked the gallery’s owners to remember all the holes drilled in the walls of this young exhibition space for previous shows and excavate as many of them as possible, allowing the spackling compound scraped out of the holes to form small piles of dust on the floor. This trick comes straight out of the toolbox of institutional critique, but it is

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