Is the taste of art sweet, sour, bitter, salty or even umami? What role does our sense of taste play in social interactions and as an artistic material? Museum Tinguely continues its series on the senses in the arts with a group show bringing together work by international artists who address our sense of taste as a possibility for aesthetic perception. Featuring works by, among others, Janine Antoni, Marisa Benjamim, Otobong Nkanga, Emeka Ogboh, Shimabuku, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and Elizabeth Willing.
Pedro Reyes (*1972, Mexico City) uses sculpture in projects that often expand into the social, incorporating processes of participation and elements that lead to collective and individual agency. Having worked with weapons in the past, he is interested in addressing the systemic problems of the arms industry within a pacifist framework. In the new production to be presented at Museum Tinguely alongside Disarm (2012 – present), he has repurposed gun parts to make music boxes that perform fragments of tunes from the countries where the guns were produced. Both establish a conversation with Jean Tinguely’s Mengele-Dance of Death from 1986.
The Japanese artist Taro Izumi (born 1976 in Nara) has a mischievous take on the world. He develops unclassifiable multimedia works that take the viewer on a journey to the limits of reality. For his first major solo show in Switzerland, Izumi has created a sequence of unusual pictures carried by his impertinent and absurd spirit. We encounter a giant cat, a washing machine on a pyramid, dirty robot vacuum cleaners, and people licking the floor.
Jean Tinguely and Claude Lalanne, Impasse Ronsin, approx. 1960, photo: Hansjörg Stoecklin
Impasse Ronsin. Murder, Love and Art in the heart of Paris
21 October 2020 – 28 February 2021
For almost a hundred years, from around 1874 until 1970 the Impasse Ronsin in Paris was home to a warren of studios used by wide variety of artists with very different backgrounds and approaches. This curious cul-de-sac hidden away in Montparnasse served as home and atelier to some 250 artists, from academic sculptor Alfred Boucher to Argentine performance artist Marta Minujín. Amongst the best known were; Eva Aeppli, William Copley, André Del Debbio, Max Ernst, Jasper Johns, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, James Metcalf, Isamu Noguchi, Larry Rivers, Niki de Saint-Phalle and Jean Tinguely. If Constantin Brâncuși was its most famous resident – based there from 1916 until his death – it’s most infamous was Madame Steinheil, mistress and maybe murderer of the French President whose artist-husband also met a brutal end, turning the Impasse Ronsin into one of the most notorious crime scenes of the early 20th century.