Walking in my Mind

Hayward Gallery
23 June-6 September 2009
www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Following on from Hayward director Ralph Rugoff’s “Psycho Buildings” in 2008, “Walking in my Mind” is another sensory extravaganza of large-scale installations, with works by ten contemporary international artists. “Ralph Rugoff and I are both interested in reacting to the building, making exhibitions that are specific to the Hayward Gallery,” Stephanie Rosenthal, the exhibition’s curator, told The Art Newspaper. “These are not touring exhibitions, we don’t offer them to other institutions.” The show will be a mixture of new, site-specific works—including Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s expansive installation of polka dots and mirrors that leads on to an outdoor sculpture terrace, British artist Keith Tyson’s complex series of drawings and Swedish artist Bo Christian Larsson’s sculptural work that takes up an entire staircase—and exisiting pieces that fitted the theme, such as Thomas Hirschhorn’s Cavemanman, 2002, an assemblage of caves and tunnels filled with an array of objects and information. “‘Walking in my Mind’ is about the idea of the Hayward Gallery as a head, and the works are the different parts of the brain,” Ms Rosenthal told us. “Jason Rhoades’s piece is a good example of what the show’s all about [The Creation Myth, 1998]—how does an artist create and what is going on in their mind when they do it.”

This article was published in The Art Newspaper, June 2009, p23. To view it in context, click on the PDF link below

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