Conceived by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, do it began in Paris in 1993 as a result of a discussion with the artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier about how to make exhibitions more flexible and open-ended. The conversation developed into the question of whether a show could be made from "scores" or written instructions by artists, which could then be openly interpreted every time they were presented. How would an artist's work be transformed if others made the artwork?
At the beginning, Obrist invited twelve artists to contribute instructions that were translated into nine different languages and circulated internationally as a book. Soon afterwards, do it exhibitions were being realized all over the world, from Reykjavik to Siena, Bangkok to Mexico City. New instructions were added for each incarnation, so that today nearly 400 artists have contributed instructions to the ever-evolving project, offering infinite creative possibilities for the participants who enact them. Twenty years after its conception, do it has become the longest-running exhibition ever.
For Garage, staging 'do it Moscow' creates new opportunities for involvement by and with local communities. The generative and democratic nature of the project enables the institution to continue exploring ways to broaden access and participation in contemporary art, which is central to Garage‘s mission.
'do it' is an exhibition conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and currently organised by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. do it and the accompanying publication, do it: the compendium, were made possible, in part, by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with generous support from Project Perpetual, ICI‘s International Forum, and ICI‘s Board of Trustees.
The exhibition will include 'Gastronomic Translations', 2003 by Rivane Neuenschwander.
'do it Moscow' runs form 1 May until 6 July 2014.
Rivane Neuenschwander at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow