Vik Muniz – Rebus

Vik Muniz is the ninth artist to curate an exhibition from the MOMA collection as part of the ongoing “Artist’s Choice” program. “Rebus” contains eighty works of sculpture, photography, painting, prints, drawings, video, and design objects selected and placed by Muniz.

Gordon Matta-Clark - Bronx Floors - 1972-73

Take advantage of this opportunity to see some works that may not have been out of storage for a while. Some nice choices including one of the floor cut outs by Gordon Matta-Clark (above) and a “Felt Suit” from Joseph Beuys (below).

Joseph Beuys - Felt Suit - 1970

A rebus is a written puzzle made from letters and images that symbolize a word or phrase, e.g., re + an image of a bus = rebus. This is a loose reference to the method used by Vik Muniz to choose and install the works for this display. He abandoned chronology in favor of a creatively innate approach to curating.

The juxtaposition of “Rubik’s Cube” and Giacometti’s “Hands Holding the Void” will keep me smiling all day.

Ernö Rubik - Rubik's Cube - 1974 with Alberto Giacometti - Hands Holding the Void - 1934 detail

Rebus
Artist’s Choice: Vik Muniz
11 December 2008 – 23 February 2009
Museum of Modern Art
NYC



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