Gonzalez-Foerster makes Tate Modern a futuristic safe haven
French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has transformed the vast turbine hall at London's Tate Modern museum into a refuge from futuristic climate chaos, with beds laid out under oversized works of art.
14 October 2008
LONDON - The pounding of continuous rain resonates through the space, where
200 bunk beds for fearful Londoners 50 years hence are fitted in among mutations
of sculptures by Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore and Coosje
van Bruggen, made 25 percent larger, plus an original by Maurizio Cattelan.
"She has used the history of the building, which has shifted from a power station to a museum, to another use in the future -- a shelter for Londoners escaping in 2058 from never-ending rains," curator Jessica Morgan said.
Gonzalez-Foerster told AFP that being commissioned for the project,
named "TH.2058", was a "wonderful experience, a great honour".
On the beds filling the hall -- which have no mattresses -- are
scattered dozens of books representing a view of the future, including Ray
Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" and HG Wells' "War of the Worlds".
At one end a giant screen shows 'The Last Film', made up of fragments
of science fiction movies including Planet of the Apes and those by Star
Wars creator George Lucas.
Gonzalez-Foerster is the ninth artist to take on the turbine hall at
the Tate Britain, which lies on the south bank of London's River Thames,
after Bourgeois kicked-off the series sponsored by Unilever Plc in 2000.
[AFP / Expatica]