Rirkrit Tiravanija  (Thai, 1961) 

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Rirkrit Tiravanija (Thai, b.1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) studied at the Whitney Independent Studies Program in New York, The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, The Banff Center School of Fine Arts in Banff, Canada, and The Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Canada. Represented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise Gallery, the artist centers his work on living spaces, placing special emphasis on kitchens and food preparation.

His early exhibitions in the 1990s included serving meals to observers. Instead of a photograph, painting, or sculpture, Tiravanija made visitors a part of his work. In stages set up as kitchens during Untitled (1992), they sat and ate while Tiravanija served his now famous Thai curry dishes. Later, at the 50th Vienna Biennale, Utopia Station (2003), created with Liam Gillick (British, b.1964), was a meeting house for artist and observer alike. Fit with furniture, art supplies, music and video players, living spaces, and lounging spaces, Utopia Station, which was openly accessible to everyone, became art in motion.

While his collaborations are legendary, Tiravanija made his mark through solo exhibits. His first major show was held in 1997 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ten years later, he had dozens of exhibitions under his belt at some of the top art galleries in the world. These include the Center for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu, Japan, in 2000, the Portikus in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2001, the Secession in Vienna, Austria, in 2002, and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in France in 2005. In 2004, the artist won the Hugo Boss Prize presented by the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Tiravanija resides in New York, where he now teaches at the School of the Arts at Columbia University. The genuine joy Tiravanija receives from sharing his experiences motivates him to continue creating environments in which observers become artists and then observers once again.

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Rirkrit Tiravanija, beach/bath towel, designed 2011

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija
beach/bath towel, designed 2011
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Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled (The map of the land of feeling) III (Passport dates: 1988 - 1997)

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled (The map of the land of feeling) III (Passport dates: 1988 - 1997)
2008-2011

Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled (the map of the land of feeling) II (Passport dates: 1997 - 2002)

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled (the map of the land of feeling) II (Passport dates: 1997 - 2002)
2008-2011

Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled (the map of the land of feeling) I (Passport dates: 2003-2008)

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled (the map of the land of feeling) I (Passport dates: 2003-2008)
2008-2011

Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2011 ( who's afraid of...), Art 42 Basel, Basel, Switzerland

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled 2011 ( who's afraid of...), Art 42 Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2011

100 Tonson Gallery
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2011 ( who's afraid of...), Art 42 Basel, Basel, Switzerland

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled 2011 ( who's afraid of...), Art 42 Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2011

100 Tonson Gallery
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2011 ( who's afraid of...), Art 42 Basel, Basel, Switzerland

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled 2011 ( who's afraid of...), Art 42 Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2011

100 Tonson Gallery
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2011 ( who's afraid of...), Art 42 Basel, Basel, Switzerland

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled 2011 ( who's afraid of...), Art 42 Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2011

100 Tonson Gallery
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2011 ( who's afraid of...), Art 42 Basel, Basel, Switzerland

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled 2011 ( who's afraid of...), Art 42 Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2011

100 Tonson Gallery
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Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled, 1995
gold-rimmed ray ban glasses w/ engraved lenses

 

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Rirkrit Tiravanija, Atlas I (15 works)

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Atlas I (15 works), 1995
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Rirkrit Tiravanija, Sans titre (We have the light) (5 works)

 

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Sans titre (We have the light) (5 works), 2004
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1961   Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
1980 - 1984   The Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON, Canada
1984   The Banff Center School of Fine Arts, Banff, AB, Canada
1984 - 1986   The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1985 - 1986   The Whitney Independent Studies Program, New York, NY
  Lives and works in New York, Berlin and Bangkok
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2013 - 2014   The Red Queen, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart Tasmania, Australia (solo)
2013   Unattained Landscape, Palazzetto Tito of Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, Italy (together with Keren Cytter)
2013   Pop-up Kitchen, The Bauer Hotel, Venice, Italy (togehter with Tobias Rehberger)
2013   Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
2010   From NY with Love, Don't Projects, Paris, France
2009   Brodno Sculpture Park, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland
2009   Tempo del postino II, Basel 09, Switzerland
2009   Compass In Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2008   The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art, Curated by Maria Lind, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, New York, NY
2008   theanyspacewhatever, Curated by Nancy Spector, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
2008   The Puppet Show, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
2007   Art Beijing Tang Gallery, Beijing, China
2007   Show Me Thai, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
2007   Tomorrow, Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
2006   Demonstration Drawings, 1301PE, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2006   Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France (solo)
2006   Brychcy Bar, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY (solo)
2006   Philippe Parreno & Rirkrit Tiravanija, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005   Retrospective, ARC, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France (solo)
2005   Retrospective, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2005   Hugo Boss 2004, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (solo)
2004   Retrospective, Museum Bojmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
2004   Gordon Matta-Clark-In the Belly of Anachitect (with Pierre Huyghe & Pamela M. Lee), Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2004   Nothing, CMU Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand (solo)
2004   Social Pudding, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Superflex, 1301PE, Los Angeles, CA
2003   Social Pudding, Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany (solo)
2003   Demo Station No. 4, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (solo)
2003   In the Future Everything Will Be Chrome, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY (solo)
2002   Untitled 2002 (He Promised), Secession, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2002   Untitled 2002 (The Raw & The Cooked), City Opera Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2002   Demonstration, Sumida River Project, Asahi Beer, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2002   oVer station no 2, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (solo)
2001   Rirkrit Tiravanija – Over Magazine, Oslo Kunsthall, Oslo, Norway (solo)
2001   Untitled 2001 (No Fire No Ashes), Neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2001   The Land, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France (solo)
2000   Untitled 2000 (oVer Station No.2), Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy (solo)
2000   Untitled 2000 (oVer Station No.1), Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2000   Untitled 2000 (demonstrate), Galeria Salvador Diaz, Madrid, Spain (solo)