Obrist, Biesenbach come to Sydney for Kaldor project - Art Collector

Damien Hirst, Marian, Julian, 1992. Detail. Installation view, 12 Rooms, Ruhrtriennale, August 2012. DACS/Viscopy 2012. Photo: Jens Nober. Courtesy: the artist and Science Ltd

16 October 2012 | Renowned curator Hans Ulrich Obrist is coming to Sydney for Kaldor Public Art Projects’ latest undertaking. Obrist, co-director of London’s Serpentine Gallery, will work with the director of New York’s MoMA PS1, Klaus Biesenbach, to stage an exhibition in April of what’s being called living sculpture.

It will be the biggest project in Kaldor’s 40-year history and involve 12 major international artists – among them Marina Abramovic, John Baldessari, Santiago Sierra, Damien Hirst and Tino Sehgal – as well as more than 70 trained performers.

13 Rooms, it builds on an idea first presented as 11 Rooms in 2011 in Manchester and later as 12 Rooms in Germany.

Thirteen rooms will be built at Sydney’s Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay, with artists creating an interactive work in each with the help of the performers. An as yet unnamed Australian artist is slated to take up the 13th room.

“For us it is important to find more possibilities to show art that experiments beyond the object,” says Obrist. The 13 rooms, he adds, will contain sculptural works that “go beyond the static human-to-object relationship”.

The City of Sydney is expected to come through with $100,000 in funding to support the project, which Kaldor Public Art Projects’ director John Kaldor describes as a “major coup for Sydneysiders”.

13 Rooms will take place from 11 to 23 April 2013 at Pier 2/3 in Sydney.

Jane O'Sullivan

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