READYMADES BELONG TO EVERYONE, curated by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen | The New Yorker
Jul 20 2018
The Swiss Institute inaugurates its elegant new digs—three floors and a roof garden, in a former bank on St. Mark’s Pl.—with a foray in what might be termed radical gemütlichkeit. This peculiarly tidy clutter of off-kilter works by more than fifty international artists, architects, and collectives includes a big, freestanding cutout photograph of a fire engine, a Kewpie doll paired with a cheese grater, a video of lunch at a Subway sandwich shop, a sinister besuited mannequin with a Pinocchio nose, a huge supine heart shape composed of wooden blocks painted purple, and many other mildly roguish divertissements. It’s like a crowded party of inanimate sophisticates. The mannerly effect is enhanced, amusingly, by the Institute’s location on a street of youth-misspending bars, tattoo parlors, and smoke shops. Think of Margaret Dumont hazarding her dignity amidst the Marx Brothers.
— Peter Schjeldahl
- Swiss Institute Annual Architecture and Design Series: Third Edition, READYMADES BELONG TO EVERYONE: Curated by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen