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This Variation

Tino Sehgal

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30 MAY - 21 JUNE

Throughout 2015, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents a survey of Tino Sehgal, each month showcasing a different work by this radical artist. Sehgal creates art that transcends the material form: constructed situations which immerse the audience in a unique experience and break down the barriers between the artwork and the audience. This June, the Stedelijk Museum partners with the Holland Festival to stage one of Sehgal’s most extensive projects: This Variation. Having been presented before at Documenta 13, it is a scene in the pitch dark, which plunges the audience into a pulsating sensory landscape full of surprises. By continually varying form and guiding the audience’s focus, this artwork puts your senses on constant alert and makes you wonder whether you’re the audience or actually a participant in the piece.


Born in London in 1976, Tino Sehgal grew up in Germany and France. He studied dance and political economy in Berlin and Essen. After his studies, he was a dancer with Jérôme Bel and Xavier Le Roy, whilst developing his first piece (untitled). In 2000 Sehgal crossed over into the visual art field – albeit a form of installation art which consists of dance, movement and interaction. Since, he has acquired international acclaim for his innovative and experimental works, which have been exhibited world-wide, including the Venice Biennale (Golden Lion Award in 2013), the Documenta in Kassel, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Tate Modern in London. The Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum has collaborated with Sehgal from the very beginning, presented his work in 2004 and 2006 and bought his first artwork in 2005: Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things (2000).  All of Sehgal's works are live encounters between interpreters and the public. He does not create objects, but 'constructed situations' in the museum, with people enacting specific actions as well as sometimes addressing the audience (member). These encounters offer visitors a completely unique experience of the living artwork – of which they are an inseparable part.


Tino Sehgal
Holland Festival, Stedelijk Museum

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