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Transformed spaces create alternate reality at Moco Museum
Daniel Arsham, Amethyst Ball Cavern.


BOSTON, MASS.- From January 18th until September 30th 2019, Moco Museum in Amsterdam will be hosting New York-based artist Daniel Arsham’s solo show ‘Connecting Time’. Arsham’s work draws on a range of disciplines, incorporating architecture, design, sculpture, film and performance. Moco Museum is the first museum in the Netherlands to present Daniel Arsham's work.

Entering the installation spaces of this exhibition, such as Amethyst Ball Cavern and Eroded Wall Paper Room, feels like stepping into an alternate reality. The artist's fascination with pop culture objects, sports and the influence of archeology are apparent in these spaces. The show also includes Arsham’s never before presented interactive installation Calcified Room, consisting of a domestic space furnished in mid-century style but created to appear strangely petrified. The calcified room is evocative of a cave interior scaled with minerals, or the city of Pompeii, eternally preserved in ash.

“For my first museum scale exhibition in the Netherlands, I am excited to partner with Moco Museum to present a selection of my work spanning the last 10 years of my career. I’ve created some new and never before seen works and installations for this show and am very looking forward to share my practice with the Dutch people and international audience in Amsterdam", says Arsham.

Surrealistic setting
‘Connecting Time’ is a survey show with works spanning Arsham’s entire career. Included are four at first glance ‘conventional’ architectural interventions that subtly manipulate the physical environment to create surrealistic settings. Fitness gear and objects rooted in pop culture are presented in eroded form as though excavated from some archaeological site, while swaddled animalistic figures recall the work of Christo or Man Ray, but with a playful, childlike twist.

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with Daniel Arsham and in partnership with Galerie Perrotin and Galerie Ron Mandos.

Daniel Arsham (United States, 1980) is a New York-based artist whose work explores the realms of architecture, design, sculpture, film and fine art. Achieving his first success as a stage designer, Arsham and his architectural firm Snarkitecture quickly began collaborating with renowned artists, musicians, designers and brands. He is the first and only artist-in-residence at Adidas, and gained widespread fame following his recent collaboration with Pharrell Williams. A central element in Arsham’s work is the concept of fictional archaeology. He creates ambiguous spaces and situations, and conflates past, present and future by presenting millennial-era objects in calcified form. He is also interested in experimenting with the timelessness of symbolic objects and customs across different cultures. Arsham has received prestigious international awards for his work, which has been shown at MoMA PS1 in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, the Athens Biennale, the New Museum in New York, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the SCAD Museum of Art, Carré d’Art de Nîmes and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, among others.





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