PIPILOTTI RIST - Homo sapiens sapiens
7 January - 25 April 2010
Two naked Eve figures floated innocently and lustily around on the cealing of the Hall Gallery, when Homo sapiens sapiens was shown. Luring and elevating Louisiana's guests into a colour saturated, Paradisiac universe.
Museum guests were kindly asked to take off their shoes, lie down and relax. For the video installation Homo sapiens sapiens was meant to be enjoyed lying down on the low, organic sofa arrangement that Pipilotti Rist has designed especially for the viewing of her work. Homo sapiens sapiens could therefore quite literally be seen as a mythological tale – along the lines of medieval frescoes and the soaring vaults of the Baroque churches – unfolding in technicolor, about present-day humanity.
Thus Pipilotti Rist is intent on challenging the usual way of ‘absorbing’ art, involving both the viewer’s body and the bodies in the work in the same sensing organism. For more then twenty years Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962) has played a striking role in international contemporary art. Her works revolve around themes like gender and the feminine and she is represented by several works in the Louisiana Collection, including the video installation Sip My Ocean.
Homo sapiens sapiens was shown for the first time in the loft of the San Stae church in connection with the Venice Biennial in 2005. However, apparently its imagery was not considered quite suitable, for the church authorities chose to close it down, allegedly because of technical problems.
At Louisiana the work could be seen as a striking and poetic conclusion to the group exhibition THE WORLD IS YOURS, the museum’s comprehensive 2009 presentation of international contemporary art.
C.L. Davids Fond og Samling
THE WORLD IS YOURS
In connection with the installation a documentary from 2009 following the artist¹s work was shown. The Colour of Your Socks – A Year with Pipilotti Rist follows the artist in her studio and during the mounting of exhibitions all over the world – a.o. the work Homo sapiens sapiens from the opening at the Venice Biennale in 2007.