Take Me (I'm Yours)

By Pirelli HangarBicocca

From an exhibition idea originally conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Christian Boltanski in 1995. Curated by Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Chiara Parisi, Roberta Tenconi

THE BANNERS (2015) by Gilbert & GeorgePirelli HangarBicocca

“Take Me (I’m Yours)” is a group exhibition that rewrites the rulebook for experiencing a work of art. Visitors to the show are invited to flout convention and do all the things they aren’t normally allowed to do in a museum: the works can be touched, used, or changed; they can be consumed or worn; purchased and even taken free of charge, or carried off in exchange for some personal item.

The Prettiest Woman (0) by Hans-Peter FeldmannPirelli HangarBicocca

Take my Tears (2017) by Francesco VezzoliPirelli HangarBicocca

The
exhibition is also a project that continues to evolve and be transformed. At
“Take Me (I’m Yours),” the public can not only take home one of the thousands
of copies of each work—helping to physically empty out the space—but alter the
appearance of the show by taking part in performances where the interaction may
involve an experience rather than an object, in keeping with the notion of
immateriality that increasingly pervades both art and everyday life.

Self-Portrait as a Model (Take Me, I am Yours) (2017) by Patrizio Di MassimoPirelli HangarBicocca

Presented for the first time in 1995 at the Serpentine Gallery in London—and in varying iterations in Paris, Copenhagen, New York and Buenos Aires from 2015 on—the exhibition grew out of a series of conversations between curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and artist Christian Boltanski about the need to rethink how artworks are shown. 

“Take Me (I'm Yours)” (2017)Pirelli HangarBicocca

Specifically,
the project concept began with “Quai de la Gare” (1991), a Boltanski piece made
up of piles of used clothing that visitors could pick out and carry off in a
bag printed with the word “Dispersion”: a work innately destined to scatter and
vanish.

Senza titolo (distribuzione di 3000 disegni incompiuti) (2017) by Cesare PietroiustiPirelli HangarBicocca

In
Milan, alongside Christian Boltanski’s “Dispersion”, the works of over fifty
artists are installed
in the thousand-square-meter Shed at Pirelli HangarBicocca, also popping up
outside the exhibition space with projects for the catalogue, bookshop, and
web. “Take Me (I’m Yours)” therefore becomes a vast arena for imagining a more
direct, engaging way to experience art, where the idea of giving and receiving
helps us look at the broader social and historical picture of our time in a
different light.

Zukunft (Future) (1990/2017) by Carsten HöllerPirelli HangarBicocca

Take Me (I’m Yours) (1995/2017) by Armin LinkePirelli HangarBicocca

Eat Art Happening (2004-2017) by Daniel SpoerriPirelli HangarBicocca

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