Magazine article Sculpture

Museum Tinguely

Magazine article Sculpture

Museum Tinguely

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Michael Landy

Through September 25, 2016

Countless artists of anarchic bent have found inspiration in Tinguely's example of kinetic instability and subversive auto-destruction, not least Landy, who has translated these principles into searing performances and installations-particularly Break Down (2001) in which he painstakingly catalogued 7,227 personal possessions and then destroyed them all in public, assembly-line style, assisted by 10 workers: a radical statement that may have cost him a Turner Prize nomination. The co-curator of an important 2009 Tinguely exhibition at Tate Modern, Landy finds a perfect temporary home here for his monumental, kinetic critiques of consumer culture. Though not all of his works are as physically (and emotionally) devastating as Break Down, which is memorialized in the show with a list of every lost item, they never lack crit - ical edge. …

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