*Daniel Arsham merges past, present and future in fictitious archaeology
If you step inside the Moco Museum in the coming months, you’d be forgiven for feeling as if you had stepped into a twisted reality. Daniel Arsham, the New York-based artist, has transformed eleven spaces at the museum in order to merge past, present and future and immerse visitors in an absurd experience. His solo exhibition 'Connecting Time' encompasses several disciplines, including architecture, design, fashion, sculpture, film, and fine art. Arsham is fascinated with pop culture, sports and the impact of archaeology, which is expressed through a range of objects and symbols that have been fossilised and eroded. The Moco Museum is the first Dutch establishment to exhibit Arsham’s work, which will be on display until the end of September 2019.
© MOCO Amsterdam, Daniel Arsham
Connecting Time is a retrospective with works that span Arsham’s entire career. He has also created new work, including the Calcified Room, exclusively for Moco Museum. By showing everyday products in calcified appearance, visitors shift from past to present to future. Subtle twists turn architectural interventions, which visitors experience at first as ‘common’, into a surrealist environment.
About Daniel Arsham
Daniel Arsham (United States, 1980) is a New York-based artist whose work explores the realms of architecture, design, sculpture, film and fine art. Achieving his first success as a stage designer, Arsham and his architectural firm Snarkitecture quickly began collaborating with renowned artists, musicians, designers and brands. He is the first and only artist-in-residence at Adidas, and gained widespread fame following his recent collaboration with Pharrell Williams. A central element in Arsham’s work is the concept of fictional archaeology. He creates ambiguous spaces and situations, and conflates past, present and future by presenting millennial-era objects in calcified form. He is also interested in experimenting with the timelessness of symbolic objects and customs across different cultures. Arsham has received prestigious international awards for his work, which has been shown at MoMA PS1 in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, the Athens Biennale, the New Museum in New York, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the SCAD Museum of Art, Carré d’Art de Nîmes and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, among others.
© MOCO Amsterdam, Daniel Arsham, Hiding Figure