Fifty immaterial art works comprise must-see Invisible show at Hayward Gallery

By Mark Sheerin | 14 June 2012
Colour photo of a blurred woman walking past an empty white canvas
Bruno Jakob, Breath, floating in color as well as black and white (Venice) (2011)© Linda Nylind
Exhibition: Invisible, Hayward Gallery, London, until August 5 2012

In the spirit of a much-talked about show at The Hayward Gallery, this exhibition preview exists purely as a series of instructions to exist in the mind of the reader.

[Imagine a show in which pulls together some of the most immaterial work from some of the biggest names in conceptual art. Recall that in the late 1950s Yves Klein was the first to stage an exhibition devoid of any artwork. And expect fifty more works that took inspiration from this gesture.]

[Learn that Andy Warhol once embodied an invisible work of art by stepping on and off a pedestal. Know that Tom Friedman once commissioned a practicing witch to curse an empty plinth. Prepare yourself for getting lost in an invisible labyrinth by Jeppe Hein.]

[Hear, but don’t see, this quote from curator Ralph Rugoff: “Invisible art challenges our assumptions about art by emphasising its interactive and communicative properties over its visual qualities.”]

[Finally, note a few names of other artists who will not quite appear at the current show and ignore any mental imagery which comes to mind: Yoko Ono, Art and Language, Maurizio Cattelan, Carsten Höller, Claes Oldenburg.]

[Perhaps nothing is invisible.]
  • Open 10am-6pm (8pm Thursday and Friday). Admission £5.50-£8, book online.

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