Whitechapel Gallery opens Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo: Have you seen me before?

. June 19, 2013

Whitechapel Gallery presents Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo: Have you seen me before? on view 18 June 2013 – 8 September 2013.

A bear with soft fur made of fluffy chicken down forms the central work in the final display from Italian-based Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Have you seen me before? (2008) by Paola Pivi plays on our expectations and feelings, erasing the boundary between reality and fiction.

Paola Pivi, Have you seen me before?, 2008. Polyuretheane foam, feathers, plastic, wood, steel, 108 x 200 x 100 cm. Courtesy Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

Paola Pivi, Have you seen me before?, 2008. Polyuretheane foam, feathers, plastic, wood, steel, 108 x 200 x 100 cm. Courtesy Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.


Katharina Fritsch’s large still-life sculpture Table with Cheese (1981) also has an uncanny ambiguity. The oversized cheese can be seen as either appealing or revolting. Its simple form is that of a minimalist sculpture but at the same time, it is completely realistic.

The negotiation between perception and imagination continues throughout; from Ceal Floyer’s projected image of a nail on a wall, Projection (1997), to the blinking beacons of Angela Bulloch’s Yellow Corner (1993), which displaces lights from a pedestrian crossing in the Gallery. Other works question their own physical reality through deceptive visual effects.

Up close, US artist Tauba Auerbach’s, Crumple VII (2009) is a mesmerising surface of undulating black dots, however from afar, its composition suggests the three-dimensional shape of a crumpled sheet of paper, while Paul Pfeiffer exploits the editing function in film, showing a compere repeatedly appearing and disappearing behind the same curtain.

The display also includes works by: Micol Assael, Roberto Cuoghi, Thomas Demand, Fischli & Weiss, Giuseppe Gabellone, Anish Kapoor, Philippe Parreno and Rudolf Stingel. www.whitechapelgallery.org

Category: Fine Art

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