Yokohama Triennale 2017 includes works from STPI’s collaboration with internationally acclaimed artists Carsten Höller, Tobias Rehberger, Anri Sala & Rirkrit Tiravanija.
These works were selected by Yokohama Triennale Co-director Akiko Miki and are comprised of four innovative composite works created using the surrealist game of Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse), as well as sixteen individual works. They will be exhibited in the Yokohama Museum of Art alongside Surrealist artworks from the museum’s permanent collection, in a special segmentcurated by Miki. In Cadavre Exquis—which was often played by surrealists in Paris in the 1920s—an artist starts off the piece, and the next artist picks up where the previous one left off, given only the end of what the previous artist worked on. This unique collaborative process forces each artist to let go of full artistic control and explores the tension between individualism versus the collective, which lies at the heart of the Triennale’s theme of “Island, Constellation and Galapagos”.
These challenging works, produced with STPI’s professional team of print and paper makers, will be showcased outside of Singapore for the very first time. They were first exhibited at STPI in March 2017 as one of the highlights of STPI’s 15th anniversary programme. The collective artworks feature unique motifs that hint at each artist’s individual explorations during the collaboration. These are fleshed out in their solo works; Höller’s architectural prints, Rehberger’s graphic creenprints, Sala’s organic palm line compositions, and Tiravanija’s fluid monoprints. These oeuvres are an important response to today’s complex world of separation, connectivity and disjointedness while reflecting STPI’s commitment to creative and innovative collaborations in the field of paper and print.
Cover photo: Exquisite Trust (Blindly Collective Collaborations), Installation view, Yokohama Triennale 2017, Photo courtesy of Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale, Photo by KATO Ken