Client Update

Hansel and Gretel

Event Date: 
7 June 2017
New York, NY

 

June 7 – August 6, 2017

Tuesday – Thursday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Saturday – Sunday: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

 

Curated by Tom Eccles and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Commissioned by Park Avenue Armory

Visual artist and activist Ai Weiwei and Pritzker Prize-winning architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron of Herzog & de Meuron collaborate on a new site-specific commission that leverages both the vast scale of the Armory’s drill hall and its history as a public meeting space. Exploring the meaning of public space in our surveillance-laden world, the installation references the story of Hansel and Gretel in which the children lose their way and feel a sense of menace in a space they know and trust. The artists take advantage of the architecture of the drill hall­—its vast openness and its 80-foot height­­­—to create a disconcerting environment, where the entrance is unexpected, and every movement is tracked and surveyed by drones and communicated to an unknown public.

The project builds on a legacy of over 15 years of collaboration between Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron, who have worked together on such design projects as the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and the National Stadium in Beijing, created for the 2008 Summer Olympics and coined the “Bird’s Nest” for its exterior façade of interwoven steel. Accompanying the installation will be talks and programs by artists, philosophers, and activists in the field.

Other news about Park Avenue Armory

Press Release
Park Avenue Armory Announces 2018 Season
15 November 2017
Press Release
Théâtre du Soleil’s A Room in India (Une chambre en Inde) Directed by Ariane Mnouchkine Makes North American Premiere at Park Avenue Armory December 5 - 20, 2017
7 November 2017
Coverage Highlight
High Tech Meets High Art in a 3-D Opera Featured by The New York Times
20 September 2017
Press Release
Pierre Boulez’s Rarely Performed Spatial Masterpiece Répons To Be Staged as it was Originally Intended For the First Time In Over a Decade in North America
11 July 2017
Press Release
Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, and Ai Weiwei Create Site-Specific Installation Commissioned by Park Avenue Armory
7 June 2017