Pipilotti Rist “Pixel Forest”

The New Museum of Contemporary Art

poster for Pipilotti Rist “Pixel Forest”
[Image: Pipilotti Rist "Gnade Donau Gnade (Mercy Danube Mercy)" (2013/15) Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine. Photo: Lisa Rastl]

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Multiple Floors

Over the past thirty years, Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962, Grabs) has achieved international renown as a pioneer of video art and multimedia installations. Her mesmerizing works envelop viewers in sensual, vibrantly colored kaleidoscopic projections that fuse the natural world with the technological sublime. Referring to her art as a “glorification of the wonder of evolution,” Rist maintains a deep sense of curiosity that pervades her explorations of physical and psychological experiences. Her works bring viewers into unexpected, all-consuming encounters with the textures, forms, and functions of the living universe around us. Occupying the three main floors of the New Museum, the exhibition will be the most comprehensive presentation of Rist’s work in New York to date.

“Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest” will include work spanning the artist’s entire career, from her early single-channel videos from the 1980s, which explore the representation of the female body in popular culture, to her recent expansive video installations that transform architectural spaces into massive dreamlike environments, enhanced by hypnotic musical scores. Featuring a new installation created specifically for this presentation, this exhibition will also reveal connections between the development of Rist’s art and the evolution of contemporary technologies. Moving from the television monitor to the cinema screen, and from the intimacy of the smartphone to the communal consumption of images and soundscapes, this survey will chart the ways in which Rist’s work has fused the biological with the electronic in the ecstasy of communication. The exhibition is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director; Margot Norton, Associate Curator; and Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator.



from October 26, 2016 to January 15, 2017


Pipilotti Rist

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