A House of Leaves, London 2012
Absolut joined the David Roberts art foundation in presenting the welcome cocktail reception for a vip dinner to celebrate the foundation’s move to new premises on Mornington Crescent, North London.
Among the guests were influential art world figures such as Iwan Wirth, President of Hauser & Wirth (London, New York, Zurich), Sadie Coles, Director, Sadie Coles HQ (London) and Gregor Muir, Director, Institute of Contemporary Art (London). The guests were served bespoke Absolut cocktails including Absolut Artemisia.
David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF) is an independent foundation for visual arts based in London. DRAF seeks to develop a challenging, international and collaborative program of exhibitions and events. DRAF is responsible for a collection of more than 1800 works, representing more than 700 international artists. Many artists are collected in depth, which allows for a close understanding of their practice.
This exhibition, A House of Leaves, is based on studies and reflections on three major artworks that provide a basic structure for the show. The exhibition is conceived as a symphony in three movements plus an epilogue. The first movement was structured around a sculpture by Louise Bourgeois. An abstract painting by Gerhard Richter introduces the second movement, and a performance by Pierre Huyghe will take us into the third movement in early 2013. Each of these phases will involve the exchange and substitution of artworks on display, creating a constantly changing line-up of artists. A House of Leaves will end with an epilogue, based on an emptying out of the space, exposing its architecture and volume. This last stage of the show will put the spotlight the museum’s long-term works, special commissions and interventions that have been embedded into the material structure of the building.