Carsten Höller. Doubt

Curated by Vicente Todolí

“Doubt” (2016) by Carsten HöllerPirelli HangarBicocca

Doubt

“Doubt”, Carsten Höller’s solo exhibition at Pirelli HangarBicocca, unfolds along twinned, parallel paths, demanding sensory participation and perceptual focus on part of the viewers. The German artist has risen to the fore of the international scene for his penetrating inquiry into the nature of human experience. 

“Doubt” (2016) by Carsten HöllerPirelli HangarBicocca

“Doubt” (2016) by Carsten HöllerPirelli HangarBicocca

“Doubt” (2016) by Carsten HöllerPirelli HangarBicocca

“Doubt” (2016) by Carsten HöllerPirelli HangarBicocca

The visitors themselves can choose how to approach the exhibition and which path to take, becoming an integral part of the exhibition both through their direct involvement in activating the artworks, and in their dual role as observers and those being observed by other visitors.

“Doubt” (2016) by Carsten HöllerPirelli HangarBicocca

In
Carsten Höller’s view, choice is inherent to the work of art, and at the very
beginning of the exhibition, the installation “Y” (2003), which is lined with
numerous flashing light bulbs and can be walked through in its entirety, raises
the question of which way to go. 

Flying Mushrooms (2015) by Carsten HöllerPirelli HangarBicocca

“Doubt” (2016) by Carsten HöllerPirelli HangarBicocca

“Doubt”
includes more than twenty large-scale works, both existent and new, aligned
along the middle axis of the space. This alignment of works forms a central
dividing wall, where visitors will see/experience only half of a given work,
and have to remember the half they have seen until they encounter the other
half on the other side. 

Milan Swinging Corridor (2016) by Carsten HöllerPirelli HangarBicocca

Large-scale installations, videos and photographs play with the spatial and temporal coordinates of the exhibition venue, charting a course between symmetry, duplication and reversal.

“Doubt” (2016) by Carsten HöllerPirelli HangarBicocca

Two Roaming Beds (Grey) (2015) by Carsten HöllerPirelli HangarBicocca

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