Elixir is a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ comprising nine installations by the Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist. The exhibition’s floor plan resembles a living being with a stomach, heart and lungs. Elixir is a video organism that has grown organically from Rist’s lively oeuvre.
Pipilotti Rist and her loyal team have made large-scale installations since the late 1990s. In these works equal importance is given to the experience of the video images, the soundtrack and the space. Some of the installations in Elixir have been shown previously in another form in other locations. In 2007 ‘A la belle étoile’ filled the enormous plaza in front of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and ‘Homo Sapiens Sapiens’ was made for the vaulted ceiling of the church of San Stae in Venice in 2005. With each site-specific installation Rist provides a highly personal interpretation of the building’s architecture and atmosphere. She creates a unique universe: an earthly paradise tempered with social criticism and melancholy.
Elixir is the first major survey of Rist’s recent installations. By fusing the individual works Pipilotti Rist transformed the museum into a place for extraordinary experiences and encounters. It was up to you, the visitor, to completely immerse yourself within it.
Elixir: the video organism of Pipilotti Rist is a collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Finland.