IN­SIDE JOB

Ga­lerie Gmurzyn­ska is known for its state­ment booths at art fairs. Here are some high­lights from pre­vi­ous years

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life | Art -

BAZ LUHRMANN Among the gallery’s most talked-about pre­sen­ta­tions at Art Basel in Mi­ami Beach was its booth cre­ated by direc­tor Baz Luhrmann and de­signer Cather­ine Martin in 2014, which fea­tured 20th cen­tury mas­ter­works. It was cheek­ily ti­tled A Kid Could Do That, with the words scrawled on a black­board. The walls were olive green, the floors wooden, and a large farm­house-style wooden table was placed in­side. Luhrmann also screened an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of film footage of a 1930s per­for­mance by the Bal­let Russe de Monte Carlo with a stage set de­signed by Joan Miró.

CLAUDE RUIZ-PI­CASSO Ruiz-pi­casso de­signed per­haps the gallery’s bold­est booth in 1998 for the Madrid art fair ARCO. He al­tered the very ar­chi­tec­ture of the space, cre­at­ing a pre­car­i­ously tilted red cube in­side of which works by Rus­sian artists were hung. “Peo­ple were com­pletely as­tounded,” says Ruiz-pi­casso. “No one had ever done any­thing funny at a fair like this. Ev­ery­thing was al­ways white cubes.” ZAHA HA­DID The late ar­chi­tect col­lab­o­rated with Gmurzyn­ska on mul­ti­ple projects, in­clud­ing the 2016 Kurt Sch­wit­ters ret­ro­spec­tive in Zurich. Ha­did trans­formed the gallery into a cav­ernous space with swoop­ing curvi­lin­ear lines. In 2010 for Art Basel in Mi­ami Beach, she de­signed what ap­peared to be an ex­plo­sion of black crys­talline spears burst­ing from the gallery booth. In­side, the ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plored Ha­did’s re­la­tion­ship with the Rus­sian avant-garde.

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