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Rirkrit Tiravanija

Press release

Rirkrit Tiravanija – untitled 2019 (beauté esthétique with no shampoo)

We are pleased to announce the presentation of untitled 2019 (beauté esthétique with no shampoo), a new work by Rirkrit Tiravanija at neugerriemschneider. Showcasing Tiravanija’s most recent engagement with the medium of ceramic, the work also continues his longstanding exploration of participatory stages and social relations.

untitled 2019 (beauté esthétique with no shampoo) creates a space for exchange and contemplation. Over 100 diverse ceramic objects, each handmade by Tiravanija, are placed in an environment of mid-20th century furniture. Visitors are invited to rest on a cushioned bench and daybed and help themselves to cooled green tea from one of the artist’s ceramic creations. Encircling the room are silkscreened images depicting scenes of protest. Each source image was hand-drawn from a newspaper photograph of a demonstration and continues a body of work entitled demonstration drawings, which Tiravanija began at the turn of the 21st century to document political upheaval, protest and public dissonance happening around the globe. The ochre pigment that colors the silkscreen gains its tone from clay used to create pottery, drawing out the material connection between the wall work and the ceramic objects and between our sense of sight, of touch and of taste. In its totality the work offers a multisensory experience, and one that invites both contemplation, and serves as a focused reminder of social unrest.

Rirkrit Tiravanija’s work is focused on immaterial projects, relational artwork and performance. His physical pieces are conceptual, imbued with his interests in propaganda, literature and the juxtaposition of multiple cultural contexts and he often makes use of humble materials. Born in Buenos Aires in 1961, Tiravanija grew up in Thailand, Ethiopia, Japan and Canada amongst other countries. Tiravanija has exhibited widely over the past 20 years. Selected solo exhibitions include at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2019); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016); the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2015); the Kunsthalle Bielefeld (2010); the Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2009); the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Serpentine Gallery in London (all 2005); as well as at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (2004). The artist’s work was part of several biennials such as the Biennale di Venezia (2015, 2003, 1999, 1993); the Sharjah Biennial (2015, 2007); the Gwangju Biennial (2012); the Yokohama Triennale (2008, 2001); the Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon (2007, 2005, 1995); the São Paulo Biennial (2006); the Istanbul Biennial (2001); the Sydney Biennial (1998); the Berlin Biennale (1998); and the Manifesta in Rotterdam (1996). Tiravanija teaches at the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York. He is co-curator of the interdisciplinary platform for discourse and performance Utopia Station and a founding member of the environmental project The Land Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Rirkrit Tiravanija lives and works in Chiang Mai, Berlin and New York.

For further press information and imagery, please contact Sophie Furse at neugerriemschneider: +49 30 288 77277 or