Artist Tino Sehgal’s as-yet-untitled live artwork will be on view at Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tāmaki from Saturday

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Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Tino Sehgal, whose experimental live art practice has been showcased around the world, presents his critically acclaimed work Yet Untitled 2013 at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki from Saturday 1 october. The exhibition also celebrates the first acquisition of a living work for the Museum’s collection.

Yet untitled is proudly presented in association with Dame Jenny Gibbs and Auckland Contemporary Art Trust.

Kirsten Lacy, Director of the Auckland Art Gallery, said: “The acquisition of Yet untitled is a milestone for Auckland Art Gallery. We are extremely proud to be the first art museum in the world to acquire this work of art, presented free of charge live in our atrium, every day for six weeks, and to be the first public gallery in Australasia to present a major work by the artist to the public. . This is truly a global milestone.

Sehgal’s artistic practice has been shaped by her formative studies in dance and economics. These are live interactions between the participants staging the work and the visitor, which he calls “constructed situations”. Yet untitled is a powerful work in movement and sound, combining song, beatbox, dance and meditative actions. Based on Sehgal’s choreography and compositions, Yet untitled
is presented by two to three dancers and singers.

The artwork will be performed continuously during Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s opening hours from Saturday 1 October, and the public is invited to come and experience a live artwork. As Sehgal’s work is unregistered, the only way to view the work is to view it in person. This ensures that his art is observed in real time and lives on in the memory of those present.

The gallery’s Senior Curator, Global Contemporary Art, Natasha Conland says, “Tino Sehgal is one of the most beloved contemporary and living artists of his generation. By placing lived experience as the focal point of his work, rather than physical objects, he challenges the traditional way in which art is produced and experienced, while extending key movements from the late 20th century.

Yet untitled premiered at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, where Sehgal received the Golden Lion for Best Artist. It was acquired by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki for its collection in 2020 with support from Auckland Contemporary Art Trust.

As part of the exhibition, Sehgal has also curated a selection of sculptures from the gallery’s collection, which complement and set the stage for live encounters with the work within the gallery.

Participating dancers:

  • Jewel Akel
  • Josie Archer
  • Linus Conland Ingram
  • Joshua Faleatua
  • Rana Hamida
  • Naoe Hashimoto
  • Celia Hext
  • Amber Freedom
  • Molly Mason
  • Helen May
  • Adam Naughton
  • chris scherer
  • Zoe White

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