Selected works from the exhibition | MoMA

Selected works from the exhibition

Synthetic polymer paint and newspaper on linen, 87 × 84 1/2" (221 × 214.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Drawings and Prints Fund, 2014. © 2015 Rirkrit Tiravanija

Rirkrit Tiravanija (Thai, born Argentina 1961). untitled
(the days of this society is numbered / December 7, 2012)
. 2014

Synthetic polymer paint and newspaper on linen, 87 × 84 1/2" (221 × 214.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Drawings and Prints Fund, 2014. © 2015 Rirkrit Tiravanija

Instead of producing traditional art objects, Tiravanija foregrounds participation and interaction, developing works that involve shared meals, social spaces, and collaborative activities. In untitled (the days of this society is numbered / December 7, 2012), Tiravanija collaged pages from a Thai newspaper printed on the date of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s eighty-fifth birthday party, a massive public celebration in the face of the monarch’s deteriorating health and the country’s impending military coups. The artist’s stenciled phrase, “The days of this society is numbered,” is a purposeful mistranslation of theorist Guy Debord’s 1979 dystopian statement (replacing “are” with “is”), signaling the fragility of cultures in an increasingly global landscape.

Synthetic polymer paint and newspaper on linen, 87 × 84 1/2" (221 × 214.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Drawings and Prints Fund, 2014. © 2015 Rirkrit Tiravanija
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