Liam Gillick, Inhabited Architecture

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

19 September 2012 - 19 May 2013

How are you going to behave? A kitchen cat speaks


wood, lamps, stuffed cat, text, door blinds, MP3 player, dimensions variable

The exhibition reflects on the concept of architecture, of space and its potential to narrate a (hi)story that already exists or is about to be created by the spectator.


From September 20, 2012, through May 19, 2013, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is pleased to present 'Inhabited Architecture', a new exhibition of works from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao collection that engages in a reflection on the concept of architecture and its ability to suggest a past or present created by us and our relationships with others.


Several pieces are making their public debut at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in this exhibition: How are you going to behave? A kitchen cat speaks (2009) by British artist Liam Gillick; Untitled (2008) by Doris Salcedo; Home (1999) by Mona Hatoum; and Life Forms 304 (2003) by Pello Irazu. These are accompanied by two pieces by Cristina Iglesias, Untitled (Alabaster Room) (Sin título [Habitación de alabastro]) from 1993 and Untitled (Jealousy II) (Sin título [Celosía II]) from 1997.


Borrowing from and reinterpreting Conceptual art and Minimalism, Liam Gillick's work is not confined to a specific form of artistic practice but ranges over his various activities as a critic, writer, designer, curator, filmmaker, professor, and visual artist. All of these diverse undertakings comprise his oeuvre, which is best considered in terms of groups of ideas with multiple layers or facets rather than individual objects.

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