’Divided Divided’ by Carsten Höller, Rotterdam
Carsten Höller has filled the Tate Modern with giant slides and helped Prada plant a Congolese eatery in North London - now for his latest exhibition, ‘Divided Divided’ at Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Wallpaper* Design Awards judge (and past-life biologist) has turned to fungi for inspiration.
Launching in-line with the opening of this year’s Art Rotterdam event, and taking residence in the largest gallery of the Boijmans, Höller has filled the 1,500 sq m space with a series of installations.
Including a giant mobile constructed from seven bird cages – and seven canaries to boot – alongside a floating room, where subtly undulating walls test balance, Höller’s key piece features a series of giant mushrooms, dotted around the gallery.
Half red-and-white spotted fly agaric (the mushroom upon which this year’s Höller-designed, Wallpaper* Design Awards trophy was based), and half another two fouths unspecified fungi, the true-to-life sculptures range from slightly larger than life-size to around three metres-high.
In a final flourish, Höller has also installed a rotating hotel room – last seen in New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2008 - where paying guests are able to stay on a bed and breakfast basis.
Mounted on four rotating glass platforms, the ‘room’ consists of a bedside table, a double bed and a well-stocked mini bar - and grants guests 24-hour access to the museum throughout their stay.
The Boijmans’ rotating hotel room is now fully booked, but for a chance to stay on the structure on April 20th, visit the Art Rotterdam website to take part in a one-off, online auction.