Project 27
13
Rooms

Project Summary

Kaldor Public Art Project #27, entitled 13 Rooms, brought together 13 famous artists and more than 100 performers to present an innovative group exhibition of ‘living sculpture’ within 13 purpose-built rooms. This groundbreaking event will ran for 11 days and was curated by renowned museum directors and curators Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of London’s Serpentine Gallery, and Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 in New York.


Originally commissioned as ‘11 Rooms’ by Manchester International Festival, the International Arts Festival RUHRTRIENNALE 2012-2014 and Manchester Art Gallery, this landmark exhibition was extended and presented at Pier 2/3 in Sydney’s Walsh Bay including new and re-imagined works, specially commissioned for this project, by some of the most celebrated artists spanning six continents. 13 Rooms in Sydney included iconic senior artists Marina Abramović, John Baldessari and Joan Jonas along with major figures in contemporary international art today: Damien Hirst; Tino Sehgal; artist duo Allora and Calzadilla; Simon Fujiwara; Xavier Le Roy; Laura Lima; Roman Ondák; Santiago Sierra; and Xu Zhen.


In addition to the 12 international artists selected to participate in the project, Australian artist duo Clark Beaumont was invited by the curators to present work in a new thirteenth room.


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13 Rooms

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Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney

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13 Rooms

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist is Co-director of Exhibitions and Programs and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London. He has previously served as curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Museum in Progress, Vienna. The first exhibition Obrist curated was in his student apartment in 1991, in the decades since he has become one of the most recognised and prolific curators in the world.

Klaus Biesenbach

Klaus Biesenbach is Director of MoMA PS1 in New York and a Chief Curator at Large at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was the Founding Director of both the Kunst-Werke Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin and the Berlin Biennale. Key international exhibitions Biesenbach has organised include MoMA’s landmark show Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (2010), ‘Hybrid Workspace’ at Documenta X (Kassel, 1997) and Shanghai Biennale (2002). 

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