Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Winner of the 2004 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Guggenheim Museum, his exhibition there consisted of a pirate radio (with instructions on how to make one for yourself). Tiravanija was also awarded the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucelia Artist Award.
He had a retrospective exhibition at the Museum Bojmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam that then was presented in Paris and London. Tiravanija is a founding member and curator of Utopia Station, a collective project of artists, art historians, and curators. Tiravanija is also president of an educational-ecological project known as The Land Foundation, located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and is part of a collective alternative space located in Bangkok, where he maintains his primary residence and studio.
(on leave Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)
Chew the Fat
Rirkrit Tiravanija creates spare yet provocative installations designed to blur lines between art and life, transforming galleries and museums....▶
Gavin Brown's enterprise
Tiravanija has exhibited a number of shows at this West Village gallery, including 2008's JG Reads....▶
Untitled 1992 (Free)
This acclaimed installation, where viewers enjoy a Thai curry cooked by the artist in a makeshift kitchen, has been re-created in the David Zwirner Gallery....▶