Canvas, newspaper, acrylic
58.5 × 82 cm (23 × 32 1/3 in)
Copyright Rirkrit Tiravanija
Photo: Jens Ziehe (Berlin)
Courtesy of the artist and neugerriemschneider (Berlin)
Provenance: donated by the artist and neugerriemschneider (Berlin)
Estimate: CHF 40’000 – 60’000
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This particular work shows us Tiravanija investigating the newspaper as art object: Stenciled in large red letters onto a double page of the famous German daily, the Frankfurter Allgemeine, is the sentence “Angst essen Seele auf” (“Fear eats the soul”). The quote references the eponymous film of 1973 by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, which turns on the love that develops between an elderly German housewife and a younger Moroccan guest worker. The film explores the mechanisms that drive ostracism and integration. Translated by the artist into the present, the film title serves as a commentary on the current migration debate.
Rirkrit Tiravanija (born 1961 in Buenos Aires) is an artist who likes to home in on real-time experiences and interactions in which the boundaries separating object and viewer have to be broken down.