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Rirkrit Tiravanija:
A LOT OF PEOPLE

October 12, 2023 - March 4, 2024

MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 presents the first US survey and largest exhibition to date dedicated to Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija (b. 1961, Buenos Aires). Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE traces four decades of Tiravanija’s career and features over 100 works, from early experimentations with installation and film, to drawings, works on paper, ephemera, sculpture, and newly produced plays of key participatory works.

The exhibition will gather rarely seen early works from the late 1980s and 1990s, a period in which the artist was developing a post-studio practice and introducing biographical references to highlight his experiences as an immigrant with a palpable sense of “otherness” in a Western-centric art world. These works include many original sculptures, installations, and editions, some of which have been subsequently reimagined, cast, and memorialized over the years in new materials from plaster to bronze. Formative to his early practice, Tiravanija’s concern with the politics of the personal expanded into works that tackle global politics as well as the quotidian news cycle. To make many of these works, Tiravanija has set up a studio near his home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, creating an economy of art production that is explicitly localized and collaborative.

Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE is organized by Ruba Katrib, Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, MoMA PS1, and Yasmil Raymond, guest curator, with Jody Graf and Kari Rittenbach, Assistant Curators, MoMA PS1.

Major support for Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE is provided by Maja Hoffmann / Luma Foundation, the Family of Lise Stolt-Nielsen, the Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Generous support is provided by Glenstone Foundation and Ellen and Michael Ringier.

Additional support is provided by Steven and Alexandra Cohen, Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, and Craig Robins and Jackie Soffer. Funding is also provided by Eileen and Michael Cohen and Laura Steinberg and Bernardo Nadal-Ginard.

Special thanks to Artek and Jungly Restaurant.

Learn more about the exhibition on our website.

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Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 1990 (pad thai). Ingredients for pad thai, utensils, electric woks, and a lot of people. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Marissa Alper

Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 1993 (café deutschland) (detail). Four chairs, one table, metal shelves, stacked books, mixed media, Turkish coffee, and a lot of people. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Marissa Alper

Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 1990 (pad thai). Ingredients for pad thai, utensils, electric woks, and a lot of people. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell 



Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 1993 (café deutschland). 1993. Four chairs, one table, metal shelves, stacked books, mixed media, Turkish coffee, and a lot of people. untitled 1993 (chain letter). 1993. Envelope, letter, and color photocopies of stamped and addressed airmail envelopes. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell 



Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 1996 (rehearsal studio no. 6, open version). 1996. Plywood, musical instruments, amplifiers, archive of recordings, and table. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

From left: Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 2021 (mañana es la cuestión). Silkscreen on Ping-Pong table and paddles. untitled 2012 (Remember JK, Universal Futurological Question Mark U. F. O., Zócalo, México City. 2012. Digital print. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 2012 (Remember JK, Universal Futurological Question Mark U. F. O., Zócalo, México City). 2012. Image courtesy kurimanzutto, Mexico City / New York. Photo: Michel Zabé & Omar Luis Olguín, 2012 



Rirkrit Tiravanija. (up against the wall motherfuckers). 2023. Charcoal, overhead projectors, and archive of newspaper clippings. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 2008-2011 (the map of the land of feeling) I–III. 2011. Scroll with digital printing, lithography, chine collé and screenprint sheet (approx.): 36 x 334 1/2″ (91.4 x 849.6 cm). untitled 2005 (passport no. 2), 2005. Paper, hand-drawn facsimile of Rirkrit Tiravanija’s passport, and chrome table. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Installation view of Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell 



Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 2011 (558 broome st, the future is chrome). 2011. Plywood, tempered glass, aluminum window frames, and glazed ceramic with palladium luster. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell



Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 2011 (558 broome st, the future is chrome). 2011. Plywood, tempered glass, aluminum window frames, and glazed ceramic with palladium luster. Private collection. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell



Installation view of Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell 



Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 1990 (pad thai). 1990. Mixed media. Collection Hartwig Art Foundation. Promised gift to the National Collection of the Netherlands (Rijkscollectie). Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 to March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Installation view of Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell 



Installation view of Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell 



Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 2015 (bangkok boogie woogie, no. 2). 2015. 16 bronze tires, acrylic paint, copper sheets, and single-channel HD video (color, sound). Video: 6 min., 23 sec. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024.  Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell 



From left: Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 2011 (erased rirkrit tiravanija demonstration drawing). 2011. Stereo equipment, blue carpet, wooden Thai pillow blocks, drawings, and vinyl. untitled 2007 (demonstration drawings), 2007. Graphite on paper. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 202. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell



Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 1998 (cinéma de ville). 1998. Nylon tent with steel zippers, collapsible aluminum and cane poles, acrylic guy lines, plastic hardware, four dual-density foam mats, projector, and DVD player. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell



Rirkrit Tiravanija. Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbors. 2011. Digital video (color, sound), 149 min. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell



Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 2017 (fear eats the soul) (white flag). 2017. Flag. Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 12, 2023 through March 4, 2024. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Tiravanija cooking tom ka soup at the opening of Brooklyn, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, 1991. Courtesy Tilton Gallery, New York

Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 2011 (t-shirt, no t-shirt). 2011. Installation view, FEAR EATS THE SOUL, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, 2011. Courtesy Rirkrit Tiravanija Archive, Berlin

Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 1993 (sleep/winter). 1993. Straw mat, foam mattress, cotton, pillow, and duvet. Installation view, Sleepless Nights, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, 1993. Courtesy Rirkrit Tiravanija Archive, Berlin

Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 1992 (cure). 1992. Cloth tent, table, stools, teakettles, hot plate, ceramic teapots and cups, metal shelf, loose Chinese herbal tea, and water. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. A.W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund. Courtesy Rirkrit Tiravanija Archive, Berlin

Portrait of Rirkrit Tiravanija. 2019. Photo: Mark Blower. Courtesy the artist and Pilar Corrias, London. Photo: Mark Blower