Haus-Rucker-Co, Günter Zamp Kelp, Laurids Ortner, Manfred Ortner, Klaus Pinter. Oasis no. 7. 1972
  • MoMA, Floor 4, 417 The David Geffen Galleries

Oasis no. 7 was a temporary architectural intervention contributed by the experimental Austrian collective Haus-Rucker-Co to the fifth edition of Documenta, an exhibition of contemporary art in Kassel, Germany. Conceived as “an emergency exit leading people to another realm,” the work consisted of a translucent, inflatable orb precariously protruding from the classical eighteenth-century facade of Kassel’s Fridericianum. Theatrically staged as an artificial oasis, the orb contained two plastic palm trees, a hammock, and a red flag. By temporarily extending the institutional space of the museum beyond its architectural confines, Haus-Rucker-Co altered the experiences of visitors and questioned the artificial demarcation between natural and human-made environment.

Gallery label from 2021.
Medium
Brick, aluminum, PVC, and metal
Dimensions
14 3/16 x 9 7/16 x 14 3/16" (36 x 24 x 36 cm)
Credit
Committee on Architecture and Design Funds
Object number
715.2014
Department
Architecture and Design

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