Tino Sehgal


Jardin Japonais

Horaire : 29 and 30th April 2016

The British-born, Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal creates works that defy the common definitions of contemporary art, yet are, precisely, art works. Having exhibited with solo exhibitions at the Guggenheim in New York, the Tate Modern in London or the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, he constructs situations that cannot easily be classified – they are not, like usual performances or concerts, occurring at a given time, but are unfolding throughout the course of exhibitions, or in the case of Nuit Blanche, over the course of a day and a night. Working with protagonists he calls ‘interpreters’ – as they are interpreting his instructions as to how the work unfolds – these situations are based on conversations or encounters as they might occur in ‘real life’, yet are departing from the ‘real’ by becoming a constructed encounter between the viewer and the artwork.  These situations may not be photographed or otherwise technically documented, nor are there written documents that could be purchased, collected or archived in connection with them. Thus Sehgal seeks to create situations that are unique in each moment they are experienced. His ‘interpreters’ will meet up with visitors passing through the Japanese Garden during the day, well into the night of Nuit Blanche, responding to them in a specific, as yet undisclosed way.