Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will shortly stage Carsten Höller’s exhibition Divided Divided. The contemporary artist is creating a 1,500 m2 installation especially for the museum. What’s more, visitors can spend the night in the Revolving Hotel Room. All the works on show are based on a simple mathematical formula that divides and re-divides the space and the objects into two.
Carsten Höller is presenting a new series of huge complex mushroom replicas (Triple
Giant Mushrooms, 2009-2010). He has made a floating room from aluminium (Swinging Spiral 2010), and hanging from the ceiling is an enormous mobile composed of seven birdcages (Singing Canaries Mobile, 2009), complete with live singing canaries. There are also two video installations from the Flicker Films series (2005), in which flickering images of performances by African dance groups are projected. A new wall installation of painted ‘Nymphenburg’ porcelain plates (Flying City Tableware, 2010) is being shown alongside these works. Visitors can set these plates in motion by cranking a handle. The exhibition also features a recent series of paintings and an abstract mural.
All the works and the floor plan of the exhibition are constructed to a formula that divides what has already been divided. It varies from a simple division into two to a complex spiral formula which is the basis of the Swinging Spiral. Carsten Höller is fascinated by the concept of ‘divided’. In his exhibition One Day One Day in Färgfabriken in Stockholm (2003), for example, two different works were shown on random days without the public knowing. In association with the Fondazione Prada in London he opened the now famous Double Club (2008-09)‘a bar, restaurant and discotheque. Sections from the ‘Congolese’ and ‘Western’ interiors, music and dining were divided in the same way in this club.
Höller’s work has been exhibited internationally for the last twenty years, including solo
shows in the Fondazione Prada, Milan (2000), the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2006) and the Kunsthaus in Bregenz, Austria (2008). In 2002 Carsten Höller exhibited Light Corner in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. In 2006 he produced Test Site (a set of slides) for The Unilever Series in Tate Modern in London and he represented Sweden at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. Carsten Höller lives and works in Stockholm.