b. 1961, Buenos Aires, Argentina; lives and works between New York, U.S., Berlin, Germany and Chiangmai, Thailand.
Rirkrit Tiravanija is a Thai-Argentine artist known for his pioneering work in relational aesthetics, a concept that emphasizes the social interaction and participation of the audience in the creation of art. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961, grew up in Thailand, and later studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Tiravanija's work often involves the creation of social spaces or situations, such as communal kitchens or dining rooms, where the audience is invited to participate and engage with the artwork. He has also created installations, performances, and sculptures that challenge the conventional boundaries of art and encourage audience participation. Tiravanija's work is considered a pivotal influence on contemporary art, particularly in the areas of social engagement, audience participation, and site-specificity. He continues to create innovative and thought-provoking works that challenge the traditional notions of what constitutes art and how it should be experienced.
Rirkrit Tiravanija's recent solo exhibitions include Rirkrit Tiravanija: Mezcal vs. Pulque, kurimanzutto, Mexico City (2022); Rirkrit Tiravanija, untitled 2020 (once upon a time) (after jasper johns), Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2020); Rirkrit Tiravanija: untitled 2019 (the form of the flower is unknown to the seed), Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2019); Rirkrit Tiravanija and Karl Holmqvist: untitled 2011 (fear eats the soul, january 8, 2011 – january 14, 2011), Unclebrother, Hancock, New York (2019); Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Rirkrit Tiravanija, Singapore National Gallery (2018); Rirkrit Tiravanija, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, 439 W 127th street, New York (2018); Rirkrit Tiravanija: Tomorrow is the Question, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016); Rirkrit Tiravanija: Untitled 2016 (LA Water, water pavilion), LA Water, Los Angeles Public Art Biennial (2016); Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kreemart: untitled 2015 (tomorrow is on our tongue, as today pass from our lips), Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (2015); Rirkrit Tiravanija: UFO (UNIVERSAL FANTASTIC OCCUPATION), Plaza del Museo Jumex,Mexico City (2015); Rirkrit Tiravanija: Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbors, CCA Kitakyushu Project Gallery, Japan (2014); U.F.O – NAUT JK (Julius Koller), Centre d’Art Contemporani Barcelona (2014); Rirkrit Tiravanija, Soup/No Soup, Grand Palais, Paris (2012); Rirkrit Tiravanija: untitled (El Gusano), M Building, Miami (2011); and Rirkrit Tiravanija: Demonstration Drawings, Drawing Center, New York (2008). Recent group exhibitions include A Maze Zanine, Amaze Zaning, A-Mezzaning, Meza-9, David Zwirner, New York (2022); Calder Now, Kunsthal Rotterdam (2021); The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance, Walker Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2020); Yokohama Triennale: Islands, Constellations and Galapagos, Yokohama Museum of Art (2017); Okayama Art Summit 2016, Okayama (2016); A Brief History of the Future, Louvre Museum, Paris (2015); All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Nouveau festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2015); and Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015).
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