Hirschhorn and the Italian disaster
By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
Published online: 03 August 2012
Thomas Hirschhorn may well make waves this autumn when the Swiss artist launches a large-scale installation inspired by the sinking of the cruise ship Costa Concordia at the Gladstone Gallery in New York (21st Street; 14 September-20 October). The luxury liner ran aground off the coast of Tuscany in January, tragically claiming the lives of 32 people. Hirschhorn will fill the gallery with a reconstruction of the sunken ship but why focus on the calamity? "The exhibition, 'Concordia, Concordia' explores the conceit of the modern disaster, and turns the aphorism 'too big to fail' on its head, exploring the notion that something that is too big is in fact destined to inevitable failure," says a press statement.
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