Fondation Beyeler Summer Night’s Gala: A Benefit Auction for Fondation Beyeler 2018
15 September, 2018
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Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled 2018 (the divine comedy), 2018

Gold leaf, vinyl letters

Format: site-specific*

Unique piece

Certificate by the artist

Courtesy of the artist and Tommy Simoens (Antwerp)

Copyright the artist and Tommy Simoens (Antwerp)

Provenance: donated by the artist

Estimate: CHF 150000 – 200’000

*The work will be installed at the buyer’s place using the same technique and sized to fit his/her wall of choice. The costs for the installation of the work shall be covered by the buyer in addition to the purchase price.

This item will be sold during the Live Auction at the Fondation Beyeler on Saturday, 15 September 2018 at 21:00 CEST.

Bid registration for this item will close on Saturday, 15 September 2018 at 17:00 CEST.

Please contact us to register your bid via phone or to leave a written bid. Thank you.

lot description

Food is a factor in this lot as well: The highest bidder here will be given the exclusive opportunity to acquire the Dining Room’s golden wall and with it a piece of Tiravanija’s installation at this year’s Summer Night’s Gala. 

The text is a quote from George Orwell’s dystopian fable, Animal Farm. Viewed in the context of the theme of today’s event, the quotation from Orwell, and the synthesis of humans with notoriously voracious pigs that it implies, is also an allusion to the third circle of hell in the Divine Comedy, which is where Dante encounters the souls of the gluttons. 

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artist biography

The direct involvement of the viewer is a hallmark of many of Rirkrit Tiravanija's (born 1961 in Buenos Aires) works. Throughout his oeuvre, sharing food functions as a catalyst for collective experience—as in his early works of the 1990s, when Tiravanija actually cooked meals for gallery visitors.

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