When the music video for the song “Hold Up” was first launched, journalists noticed a parallelism between one of its scenes and a famous work of art.
In Beyonce’s video, she is seen sashaying on the street with a baseball bat in hand, then smashed several cars’ windows—in the most graceful way possible. The scene is reminiscent of Pipilotti Rist’s work Ever is Over All, a video which the Swiss artist created for the 47th Venice Biennale. Rist is a superstar in the world of contemporary art, but she will always be known for influencing one of the videos for “Lemonade,” an album that has become a pop culture phenomenon.
The great news is that Australians and tourists will have the opportunity to see Rist’s groundbreaking work from November 1, 2017 to February 18, 2018 at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Sydney’s Circular Quay.
Titled “Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean,” the show is part of the Sydney International Art Series, which aims to bring the world’s most outstanding exhibits to the city. Exploring the relationship between man, nature, and technology, visitors will be transported to a world of kaleidoscopic colors and projections through a wide spectrum of Rist’s works.
Rist has been considered by critics as an innovator, engaging with and forging a new symbiotic relationship with technology to make art. Her work is a reflection of the generation she was born into, which was the first to own television. The exhibition encompasses large-scale audio-visual installations that aim to not only wow, but illicit emotions by showcasing the beauty of the world.
Occupying the entire third floor of the museum with a couple of installations on the second floor, the exhibit is a walk through Rist’s eclectic imagination. Other than Ever is Over All, visitors can see Das Zimer (The Room), Pixelwald Motherboard >, Administrating Eternity, 4th Floor to Mildness, and Lobe of the Lung.
Tickets are now on sale at www.mca.com.au/pipilottirist, starting from US$17 for adults. For US$29, visitors can get a Sydney International Art Pass that they can use to see the paintings of Dutch masters Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from November 11, 2017 to February 18, 2018.
Accommodations within close proximity of the venues mentioned include the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney (from US$341 per night), InterContinental Sydney (from US$303 per night), and Shangri-La Hotel Sydney (from US$255 per night).