The Baudouin / Boudewijn Experiment

    08/05 - 09/05  | 10:00 - 10:00


On 4 April 1990, King Baudouin, who refused to give his assent to a law to decriminalise abortion, was declared incapable of governing for 24 hours. In 2001 at the Atomium, the symbol of Expo 58, one hundred people shut themselves off from the rest of the world for twenty-four hours and put their lives on hold. The Baudouin / Boudewijn Experiment, a work by the Belgian-born German artist Carsten Höller, took place one year later than planned and very discreetly for the sake of the royal family. Now in 2017, the Kunstenfestivaldesarts and WIELS are bringing this invisible work back to life as part of The Absent Museum. In Palais de la Dynastie, a building constructed to welcome the heads of state during Expo 58, one hundred people who do not know each other will be enclosed for twenty-four hours without any activities planned. No documents will be produced; the experiment will only survive in the accounts given by the participants. What would you do if you could step out of your “productive” life for a day?

Participation is free, registration required.
Info & registration at the box office.

Update: The project is taking place from Monday 8 May 10am until Tuesday 9 May 10am, and not from Monday 22 to Tuesday 23 May as initially announced in the brochure.

A deliberate, non-fatalistic large scale group experiment in deviation By
Carsten Höller

In the framework of the exhibition
The Absent Museum (20.4 – 13.8.2017)

Presentation & production
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, WIELS

Originally created on the invitation of
Roommade in 2001 (Brussels)

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Carsten Höller uses his training as a scientist in his work as an artist, concentrating on the nature of human relationships in particular. Born in Brussels to German parents in 1961, he now divides his time between Stockholm in Sweden and Biriwa in Ghana. His major installations include Test Site, a series of giant slides for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall (2006), Amusement Park – an installation of full-size funfair rides turning and moving at very slow speed at MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA (2006), Flying Machine (1996), a work which hoists the viewer through the air, Upside-Down Goggles, an experiment with goggles that modify vision, and the famous The Double Club (2008-2009) in London, which opened in November 2008 and closed in July 2009, and took the form of a bar, restaurant and nightclub designed to create a dialogue between Congolese and Western culture. His Revolving Hotel Room, 2008, a rotating art installation that becomes a fully operational hotel room at night, was shown as part of theanyspacewhatever exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in 2009. For his 2015 exhibition Decision at the Hayward Gallery, he turned the whole building into an experimental parcours with two entrances and four exits, two of them slides. His works have been shown internationally over the past two decades, including solo exhibitions at Fondazione Prada, Milan (2000), the ICA Boston (2003), Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille (2004), Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2008), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2010), Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2011), New Museum, New York (2011) Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna (2014), and most recently Doubt at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2016).

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