Pierre Huyghe’s Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt)

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The Museum of Modern Art presents Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt) [Reclining female nude] (2012), a recently acquired sculpture by Pierre Huyghe (French, b. 1962) in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden from June 16 to mid-August 2015. Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt) consists of a cast concrete sculpture of a reclining woman and a living beehive that serves as her head, and, by extension, her brain. The collective thought processes of bees—their “hive mentality”—have long been studied in relation to human political and social organization. Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt) explores these affinities and emphasizes the ancient, symbiotic relationship between humans and honeybees, which, in building their hive, take part in the creation of the sculpture. One of Huyghe’s best known works, this is the first of the artist’s sculptures to have entered MoMA’s collection. The installation is organized by Laura Hoptman, Curator, and Margaret Ewing, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA.

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden Exhibitions are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America