The work of Pipilotti Rist is imbued with idiosyncratic humour. That much is obvious from her pseudonym, a portmanteau of the Swedish children’s book character Pippi Longstocking, as well as the Japanese electrician’s jackets that she favours (she sports a canary yellow one as she tours us around her recent show), and of course, the now-iconic self portrait that shows her flattening her face against a pane of glass, her bright red lipstick smeared along one cheek. And true to form, her first solo exhibition in Scandinavia, titled ‘Open My Glade’, presents a brilliant bundle of eccentricities.
Taking place at Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, which had been a nobleman’s country house before its modernist additions and its transformation into a cultural hub, the exhibition feels eerily like home. Rist speaks of the museum as a ‘collective living room’, and has taken advantage of the museum’s low-slung architecture and warm material palette to create an inviting environment, starting from the tactile fabrics that line the entrance hallway, to the soft furnishings that viewers are welcome to clamber over, all the way to the show’s final room, which is quite literally presented as an apartment space, albeit overlaid with all manner of fantastic projections.
Rist’s greatest hits are all on view – the early video Ever Is Over All, showing a woman gleefully skipping down a street while she clobbers multiple cars with a long-stemmed flower; an outdoor installation of Hiplights (or Englightened Hips), comprising laundry lines of illuminated underwear; Pixel Forest, an immersive matrix of crystalline lights, simulating the experience of existing within an LED screen; and the famed 4th Floor to Mildness, which invites us to lie down and gaze at an oddly mesmerising video projection, showing the muddy depths of a river outside Zurich.
There’s a dash of confident rebellion, clever references to social themes and Rist’s typically dreamy staging, but more importantly, there’s a deeper meditation on what it means to see. Working in perfect tandem are the unusual angles at which Rist films her video works, the equally unusual objects on which they are projected, and the somewhat transgressive situations in which we have to put themselves (lounging in bed alongside a stranger, for instance) to fully appreciate them. ‘The eyes are blood-driven cameras’, the artist has often said. And by dragging us along fields of tulips, through murky waters and into digital dimensions, she puts the limits of these cameras to the test.
The show includes two new works. A circular video of everyday scenes is projected on a ceramic artwork by the great 20th-century Danish artist Asger Jorn, who features prominently in Louisiana’s permanent collections. It references Jorn’s habit of painting over artworks gathered from flea markets, and its title, Come In, Come On [Jorn caressed by Rist] is itself a poetic homage. This occupies a corner of the large space at the top of Louisiana’s South Wing, whose walls have been clad with the other new work, Reversed Eyelid.
For this installation, Rist worked with Kvadrat to adapt the Danish textile manufacturer’s ‘Soft Cells’ acoustic panels, here custom made with a vibrant, visceral motif that depicts the inside of our eyelids, offering a microscopic view of the human body and again compelling us to marvel at the gift of sight. Within the darkened space, the 54m long installation doesn’t exactly jump for attention. But it pushes the boundaries of design collaboration in the right ways – and ties in perfectly with the theme of home, both bodily and domestic.
‘Pipilotti Rist: Open My Glade’ is on view until 22 September. For more information, visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art website (opens in new tab), Pipilotti Rist website (opens in new tab), and Kvadrat website (opens in new tab)
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Gammel Strandvej 13
TF has been editor of Wallpaper* since December 2020. He is responsible for our monthly print magazine, planning, commissioning, editing and writing long-lead content across all our content pillars. He also plays a leading role in multi-channel editorial franchises, such as our annual Design Awards, Guest Editor takeovers and Next Generation series. He aims to create world-class, visually-driven content while championing diversity, international representation and social impact. TF joined Wallpaper* as an intern in January 2013, and served as its commissioning editor from 2017-20, winning a 30 under 30 New Talent Award from the Professional Publishers’ Association. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he holds an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University.
First glimpse of Tiffany & Co and Nike’s Air Force 1 and silverware partnership
Discover the new pieces from Tiffany & Co and Nike
By Hannah Silver • Published
Ca’ di Dio is a Venice hotel we’d like to call home
Venice hotel Ca’ di Dio, a one-time monastery with interiors by Patricia Urquiola, is a haven of laid-back luxury
By Bridget Downing • Published
Women’s Fashion Week A/W 2023: what to expect
Look forward to Women’s Fashion Week A/W 2023 with our guide to this season’s shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris
By Jack Moss • Published
New York art exhibitions: what to see this winter
Stay up-to-date with our ongoing guide to the best new and upcoming New York art exhibitions and events for your diary
By Tilly Macalister-Smith • Published
A’strict: the South Korean digital art collective bringing nature to urban life
As part of our Generation Generative series, we spotlight a’strict, the artistic unit of South Korean digital media design company d’strict, whose immersive art aims to bring viewers closer to nature
By SuhYoung Yun • Published
Bruce Nauman’s Venice mega-show is a full body experience
Focusing on the American artist's performative 'Contrapposto Studies', Bruce Nauman's show at Punta della Dogana, Venice, gives new meaning to body language – on view until 27 November 2022
By Laura May Todd • Published
Lucy McRae on gene editing, human intimacy, and tangible science fiction
We explore the universe of sci-fi artist and ‘body architect’ Lucy McRae, whose science fiction works fuse human intimacy, biological perfection and speculative, yet eerily familiar futures
By Billie Muraben • Last updated
Los Angeles exhibitions: an ongoing guide to the best shows in town
Read our ongoing picks of the best new and upcoming LA art exhibitions to see under the California sun
By Harriet Lloyd-Smith • Last updated
In the studio with Swedish sculptor Klara Kristalova
Kristalova speaks to art historian and broadcaster Flora Vesterberg about ceramics, her Stockholm archipelago studio, and upcoming show at Perrotin New York
By Flora Vesterberg • Last updated
Objects of desire: the seductive exchange between fine art and advertising photography
At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) ‘Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising’ explores how contemporary artists have imitated, appropriated and exploited the language of commercial photography
By Harriet Lloyd-Smith • Last updated
Leading female artists to celebrate 250 years of Veuve Clicquot in LA show
Opening on 26 October in Los Angeles, a new Veuve Clicquot exhibition will see contemporary female artists – including Yayoi Kusama, Sheila Hicks and Tacita Dean – respond to the champagne house’s free-spirited history
By Harriet Lloyd-Smith • Last updated