- The 2017 Roof Garden Commission: Adrián Villar Rojas
This is the fifth year that the Met in New York has commissioned a site-specific installation for its Roof Garden offering splendid views of Central Park, and it's the turn of Adrián Villar Rojas with “The Theater of Disappearance”.
The Argentinian artist has transformed the Cantor Roof with the result of his investigation of the Museum's collecting practices. To realise the project, Villar Rojas immersed himself in the Met’s history and collections, talking with curators, scientific researchers, conservators, and imaging specialists. He looked at all of this from a personal socio-historical viewpoint and used state-of-the-art 3D technology to reinterpret the information in a large-scale installation on the Cantor Roof Garden.
These are objects from the Met collections that were scanned and replicated, then merged with human figures. The resulting 16 sculptures are scattered across the rooftop, from the new tiled floor to the bar: the space on the rooftop with spectacular views of Manhattan turns into the backdrop of a fantastic Bacchanalia festival where white tables are dotted with black sculptures coated in a layer of dust.
With “The Theater of Disappearance”, Adrián Villar Rojas explores how a museum - in this case, the Met - proposes its collections and he uses a very theatrical and striking installation to do it, paving the way for reflection on the reactivation and reinterpretation of the art and culture of humans.
The Roof Garden Commission 2017, The Theater of Disappearance di Adrián Villar Rojas
dal 14 aprile al 29 ottobre 2017, condizioni meteorologiche permettendo
The Met Fifth Avenue
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Gallery 926
New York, USA
Immagini: Adrián Villar Rojas
Adrián Villar Rojas, The Theater of Disappearance
Installation view, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017
Courtesy of the artist; Marian Goodman Gallery; and Kurimanzutto, Mexico City
Photographed by Jörg Baumann