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Flavored Sculptures and Other Subversive Arts by Pierre Bismuth

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A title to ponder for a long time: Everyone is an artist but only the artist knows† If everyone is an artist and only the artist knows it, then everyone knows it, right? Pierre Bismuth fulfills the classics”Jeder Minch is a constellatorby Joseph Beuys With an apparent contradiction, and may this logic that avoids the imagination come to the mind of those who have thought about it for so long.

Everyone is an artist… This is the fascinating title of Pierre Bismuth’s personal exhibition at the Institute of Western Art in The Hague. The exhibition has already been presented at the Center Pompidou in Paris. The works are now spread over two floors (and part in the basement) of the former United States Embassy in The Hague. Bismuth is one of the few visual artists to have won an Academy Award – in 2005 he received the Co-Writer Award for Michel Gondry Eternal sunshine for a pure mind

Cinema plays an important role in his work. jungle book project For example, it is a kind of adaptation of the famous Walt Disney film The Tower of Babel – based on the book by Rudyard Kipling. In the bismuth version, all the characters speak a different language (than the original dub): Mowgli speaking Spanish, Bagheera Arabic, and Palu Hebrew. The effect is repulsive, but it also draws attention to the power of the animation. The intervention also has a political significance: one can see in it the reflection of the cultural imperialism of Disney: each linguistic zone has the same Mowgli.

Bismuth literally pushes the boundaries with his art. Liquids and gels (2013-2021) is an installation of glass vases with liquids displayed in quantities prohibited on board aircraft. hanging in the same room Differences on the subject of nations, Flags and patterns of different countries are combined. On the west facade – which is in a former building of the United States Embassy – hangs the latest example: a flag that combines the colors and patterns of the flags of the Netherlands, the United States and from Ukraine. A positional statement, but it’s also a static statement.

Chicken flavor sculptures

Bismuth seems more concerned with the limits of art than with national and political limits. the PE fried chickenThe works (2015) are sculptures in the shape of a turd, made of plastic, to which the artificial smell of chicken has been added at one percent. A picture of good taste then. In the same space there are also double glazed windows with a tinted jam between them, the photos are meant to refer to abstract expressionism and geometric abstraction, but this connection is unclear, which is actually very nice.

The movie is much better Where is Rocky II? (2016), in This 1.5-hour “False Fiction,” real people and made-up characters examine an artwork by Ed Ruscha. They say he hid a fake rock in the California desert, somewhere among the real ones. Is this really the case? What is a work of art? In a captivating mix of documentaries, detective films and propaganda, Bismuth stacks the facts and explores the codes of (Hollywood) cinema.

Reusing existing images is also a common thread in Bismuth’s work. in the series just after… In film parts and on printed film clips, he draws lines with a permanent marker to trace the character’s right hand. The result is (of course) a messy squiggle above a movie frame.

Also visible: newspaper pages in which bismuth repeats an image of the original, cut from another copy of the same newspaper, are barely noticeable. Bismuth seems to refer to Walter Benjamins The work in the era of its technical reproduction† Individual journals, prints, and framed artworks come together in a single object, but what exactly it means remains ambiguous.

Chocolate and frozen meals

The truly edible art of Bismuth is even more popular – for sale at the front desk. In collaboration with the artist Asad Reda, he developed the frozen meal chiasm, which combines two traditional dishes from different cultures: Tunisian and Pakistani Jewish alo palak. Two dishes from different cuisines with roughly the same ingredients (spinach and potatoes), serving them together in a “side” bowl. Bismuth has also developed a chocolate bar with a “colonial taste”. Indonesian touch chocolate It is 80% dark chocolate, nougat, made with peanuts, coconut, ginger and sweet soy sauce.

According to the philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), a delicious meal cannot be an art, because we have an interest in eating it (we must be fed). Kant believed that aesthetic judgment can only be “disinterested”. In an accompanying text, Bismuth says vaguely: “If an art audience cannot escape its role as a cultural consumer, it may prefer to eat good chocolate.

The fact that this chocolate bar has a “colonial taste” raises questions about the sincerity of bismuth: is it committed art? Or is this art related to the participating arts? The fact that there are no clear answers to these questions is perhaps the most disturbing thing about Bismuth’s work.