rivane neuenschwander in 'take me (i'm yours)’ at villa medici, the french academy in rome, italy

1 June 2018
Conceived in 1995 by Christian Boltanski and Hans Ulrich Obrist for the Serpentine Gallery in London, 'Take Me (I'm Yours)' has since had numerous orchestrations, involving an increasing number of artists, including iterations at Monnaie de Paris (2015), Kunsthalle Charlottenborg in Copenhagen (2016), Jewish Museum in New York (2016-2017), Bienalsur Contemporary Art Biennial of South America (2017), and Hangar Bicocca in Milan (2017-2018).

The exhibition is conceived according to the Renaissance tradition where all disciplines are mixed in the construction of a unitary project, breaking down the physical and moral barrier that generally separates visitors from art. Visitors are allowed to adopt behaviours normally forbidden in museums - interacting, touching, taking, tasting, experimenting, exchanging - thus taking part in a transformation and rebirth of the works.

The exhibition includes 'First Love', Rivane Neuenschwander's psychologically complex adaptation of Samuel Beckett's novella by the same name. In First Love' visitors describe their ‘first love' to a police sketch artist. The pencil sketches hang in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition creating a personal portrait gallery of perpetrators.

1 June - 15 August 2018

Rivane Neuenschwander at Villa Medici, The French Academy in Rome