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The New Décor

The New Décor, 19 June – 5 September 2010, Hayward Gallery. The New Décor was an international survey of some 30 contemporary artists whose works re-use and re-purpose furniture and interior design as a means of engaging with changes in contemporary culture. 

By dismantling the borders between interior decoration, sculpture and installation art, the artists in the exhibition reinvented the familiar forms of furniture and lighting to reflect on the social, historical and psychological narratives embedded in these everyday objects.

Displayed across eight rooms, the sculptures in The New Décor made reference to a vast array of subjects. Allusions ranged from gender and sexuality to stage design and architecture, altered states of consciousness, globalism, personal and political histories, and the ways in which our most ‘private’ spaces are increasingly connected with changes and events in the outside world.

Many works involved assemblage or the conjoining of disparate and often surprising parts. By transforming or subverting the appearance and display of everyday furniture, these artworks demolished the accepted etiquette of interior design and the idealised image of social behaviour that it conveys. 

The exhibition travelled to The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, where it was on display from 19 October 2010 – 6 February 2011.

Artists included: Monica Bonvicini, Martin Boyce, Tom Burr, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Los Carpinteros, Jimmie Durham, Elmgreen & Dragset, Urs Fischer, Gelitin, Fabrice Gygi, Mona Hatoum, Diango Hernandez, Yuichi Higashionna, Jim Lambie, Lee Bul, Sarah Lucas, Ernesto Neto, Manfred Pernice, Ugo Rondinone, Doris Salcedo, Jin Shi, Roman Signer, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Rosemarie Trockel, Tatiana Trouvé, Haegue Yang, Nicole Wermers and Franz West.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanied the exhibition, with essays by The New Décor curator and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, Princeton University Professor of Art and Archaeology Hal Foster and Artforum editor Michelle Kuo, together with texts on each of the artists.

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The New Décor, 19 June – 5 September 2010, Hayward Gallery. 

The New Décor was an international survey of some 30 contemporary artists whose works re-use and re-purpose furniture and interior design as a means of engaging with changes in contemporary culture. 

By dismantling the borders between interior decoration, sculpture and installation art, the artists in the exhibition reinvented the familiar forms of furniture and lighting to reflect on the social, historical and psychological narratives embedded in these everyday objects.

Displayed across eight rooms, the sculptures in The New Décor made reference to a vast array of subjects. Allusions ranged from gender and sexuality to stage design and architecture, altered states of consciousness, globalism, personal and political histories, and the ways in which our most ‘private’ spaces are increasingly connected with changes and events in the outside world.

Many works involved assemblage or the conjoining of disparate and often surprising parts. By transforming or subverting the appearance and display of everyday furniture, these artworks demolished the accepted etiquette of interior design and the idealised image of social behaviour that it conveys. 

The exhibition travelled to The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, where it was on display from 19 October 2010 – 6 February 2011.

Artists included: Monica Bonvicini, Martin Boyce, Tom Burr, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Los Carpinteros, Jimmie Durham, Elmgreen & Dragset, Urs Fischer, Gelitin, Fabrice Gygi, Mona Hatoum, Diango Hernandez, Yuichi Higashionna, Jim Lambie, Lee Bul, Sarah Lucas, Ernesto Neto, Manfred Pernice, Ugo Rondinone, Doris Salcedo, Jin Shi, Roman Signer, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Rosemarie Trockel, Tatiana Trouvé, Haegue Yang, Nicole Wermers and Franz West.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanied the exhibition, with essays by The New Décor curator and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, Princeton University Professor of Art and Archaeology Hal Foster and Artforum editor Michelle Kuo, together with texts on each of the artists.

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