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up to and including 23 September 2014

Sensory Spaces 1 - Oscar Tuazon

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen launched a new exhibition format called ‘Sensory Spaces’. American artist Oscar Tuzaon has kicked off this new series. In this open space Tuazon arranged several sculptural constructions. The artist fuses architectural and sculptural idioms, thus dislocating the viewer’s perception of the space: the classical museum experience of ‘looking’ becomes one of ‘experiencing’. Sensory Spaces 1 – Oscar Tuazon is on view until 29 September 2013.

Each year three artists will be invited to develop site-specific work for the new series ‘Sensory Spaces’ in the Willem van der Vorm Gallery. The selected artists have never or rarely shown their work in the Netherlands and each artist has their own work method, use of materials and vision.

The Location

In 2012 Tuazon exhibited the work Totally Wrong in the exhibition ‘Minimal Myth’ at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. One year later Tuazon has his first solo exhibition in the museum. Tuazon: “A couple of years ago I did a very simple work called White Walls - it’s a threshold, a passage through a wall. I was surprised with the result, it made this very mundane act of walking from one room to another into a strangely charged, very conscious experience. It’s just a door, right? But at the same time it’s an artwork that actually allows you to pass through a wall. To me the most interesting objects, or spaces, are like that - simultaneously magical and banal. For the project at Boijmans I want to see how far I can go with this.”

In deze video vertelt Oscar Tuazon over zijn manier van werken. Conservator Moderne en Hedendaagse kunst Francesco Stocchi introduceert de serie Sensory Spaces en de kunstenaar.


In this work Tuazon responds to the architectural qualities of the space, emphasizing notions of transformation and surprise. The visitor will pose questions when they enter the object, contrary to the characteristic of architecture which is all about offering solutions. This means that the objects ask to be touched, even challenged, by their beholders. In his work Tuazon re-examines the principles of minimalism. Minimalism is all about perfection which means that machinery takes a great place in this process. Tuazon, on the other hand, makes everything with his hands. By doing so, he confronts himself with construction problems and searches for unconventional solutions. To achieve certain architectual solutions, Tuazon finds his inspiration in the 'vonu' community. The 'vonu' choose to live a life that emphasizes finding ways to live beyond the ‘sight, sound and mind of those who will not live-and-let-live’. This means they only use products that are given to them from nature and scraps. Function determines form instead of form follows function.

Essay Sensory Spaces 1 - Oscar Tuazon

Each exhibition will be accompanied by a bilingual booklet with an essay by the curator:

Sensory Spaces Series

Sensory Spaces is a series of commissioned solo projects presented in the Willem van der Vorm Gallery, located in the freely accessible exhibition space in the museum’s entrance hall. Artists are invited to respond to the architectural qualities of the space, emphasizing notions of transformation and surprise.

This exhibition was made possible by: