exhibition architecture at Moderna Museet, Stockholm and Serpentine Galleries, London
with Simon Denny
curated by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist
2015 - 2016
For the exhibition After Babel the curators commissioned a collaboration with artist Simon Denny which examined the political agency of art and artists in reference to the landmark exhibition Transform the World! Poetry must be made by all! organised by Pontus Hultén in 1969, which included contributions from artists, activists, and political movements. The installation took the form of a spiraling scaffolding echoing the depictions of the Babel Tower by Athanasius Kircher and the Tatlin's Tower, which is part of the museum collection. The upward promenade and the printed vinyl cladding hosted a multi-medium exhibition made by Simon Denny using a multitude of artifacts and artworks. Original Malevich and Dali paintings, Rodchenko collages, replicas of the murales in the Facebook offices, references to the hacker group Anonymous and various other visual and textual material constructed a survey of political content and intent in contemporary cultural forms. The structure was broken apart and remade at the Serpentine Galleries in 2016 for Denny’s solo exhibition.