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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

4 April 2016

Introducing Rakewell, Apollo’s wandering eye on the art world. Look out for regular posts taking a rakish perspective on art and museum stories.

Ahead of Manifesta 11, American artist Mike Bouchet has been trawling around Zurich encouraging the city’s not-notoriously scatological denizens to dump their effluents on him for a unique installation. Titled The Zurich Load, this unique work will eventually be exhibited at the Swiss city’s Migros Museum for Contemporary Art from June.

The collection day was slated for 24 March, a day on which, said Manifesta 11 curator Christian Jankowski, ‘something along the lines of “Zurich’s faecal footprint” will make its mark’. Rakewell can only advise readers to watch their step when they next visit the city.


Though Bouchet’s project may sound a little, erm, indigestible, it’s nowhere near as inscrutable as another press release Rakewell has received, this time courtesy of Art Cologne:

‘On the occasion of the 50th ART COLOGNE, the Australian artist Stuart Ringholt will appear with two actions: in front of Entrance Hall South and in hall 11.3 of Koelnmesse, Ringholt will place a total of five cars that will act as sculptures at the junction between everyday life and the art world. Ringholt will also offer an extraordinary private tour through the trade fair. The special feature: participants will be entirely unclothed.’


Breaking news from Essex, where the BBC reports that a warehouse worker has taken to making pictures in the dust that coats his firm’s white vans. The artist, referred to only as Mr Konjusha, says he creates the pictures to ‘put a smile’ on delivery drivers’ faces, but shied from admitting to wider artistic ambitions. The Rake suspects he is being too modest – the drawings have a certain charm, like expressionist woodcuts. The lineage seems clear: Van Dyck, Van Gogh, Van Blanc.


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