They’ve flooded a life-size replica of a McDonald’s, copied the renowned female artist Barbara Kruger and created a biogas system for rural communities, and now Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, Jakob Fenger and Rasmus Nielsen of SUPERFLEX have been let loose on one of the world’s largest exhibition spaces.
‘Their work raises timely questions about the role of the artist in contemporary society, exploring how we interpret and engage with the increasingly complex world around us,’ said Frances Morris, the new Director of Tate Modern on the announcement of SUPERFLEX taking on the renowned site-specific commission.
Since 2000, when Tate Modern opened, the Turbine Hall has showcased some of the most monumental, engaging, ground-breaking – quite literally when Cuban artist Doris Salcedo put a giant crack the length of the hall – dynamic and exciting site-specific artworks by leading international artists. Now SUPERFLEX follow in the footsteps of Louise Bourgeois, Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Carsten Höller to create a unique new work that will be experienced by millions of Tate Modern visitors.
Founded in 1993, the three artists have been creating subversive and humorous works that ‘engage alternative models for the creation, dissemination, and maintenance of social and economic organisation.’ For their major public park project, Superkilen, they collaborated with the local residents to create ‘a unifying urban space with a distinct international identity.’
Working in various media, SUPERFLEX challenge both the expectations of art and the exhibition space, so the Copenhagen-based trio have tackled the 3,300 m² (35,520 sq ft) space by filling it with swings and a surprisingly meditative carpeted area, where you can lie and be almost hypnotised by the giant pendulum.
Hyundai Commission: Superflex One Two Three Swing! is on until April 2, 2018.
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