The Space of Art

Using transport crates labelled with famous designers’ names, Atelier 37.2 retooled the boxes using minimal methods, converting them into micro-dwellings. They were in the MAK Museum’s exhibition hall – a gigantic WWII bunker, were art is exhibited and stored. ‘The biggest challenge wasn’t in term of design, but in finding the right right way to fill a huge and fine exhibition space with simple crates,’ explains designer Francesca Bonesio. ‘We liked the idea of an installation combining various layers of significance together with a playful and ephemera geography of art (instead of a history).’ Artists’ names were been ‘branded’ onto the crates, including Donald Judd, Jenny Holzer, Liam Gillick, Atelier Van Lieshout, Renée Green, Magdalena Jetelova, Anish Kapoor, Franz West, Rudi Stanzel, Fabian Seiz, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov and Fritz Panzer. The crates were pre-existing and diverted from their original functions to undergo the transformation; there were given the new function of furniture and were staged in the context of a venue-specific installation. The stairs and pillows were designed specifically for the exhibit.

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