View of “Nora Turato,” 2019.

View of “Nora Turato,” 2019.

Nora Turato

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

There was no shaking the feeling you’d just missed it. Everywhere in Nora Turato’s ambitious solo show “explained away,” you sensed you’d entered a room still positively buzzing from a performance for which you—who, let’s face it, often manage to be in the right place at the wrong time—had yet again arrived too late. Some of the props were still there. The stage had not yet been completely taken down. But the show was over.

This sustained atmosphere of loss was intentional. Turato understands that while an exhibition cannot substitute for a performance (no more than this review can), it can mark out the void left behind by the show you didn’t see. This is an intelligent way to approach the problem of documentation, whose ubiquity shows its latent purpose: not to provide yet more evidence of an event that has taken place, but to remind you that you were not there when it happened.

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