Pipilotti Rist Curator: Stéphane Aquin Pipilotti Rist

Date(s): May 13 to Jun 11 2000

Exhibition

Pipilotti Rist, image tirée de la vidéo I’m Not The Girl Who Misses Much, 1986

In collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Vernissage on Saturday, May 13, at 5 pm

Before gaining international recognition with her video installations, Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist was known for her single channel works. Of a rather marginal distribution, these relatively short pieces are nevertheless remarkable for their particular fusion of image and music which the artist, a musician herself, carried out. Alternative music video? The reference to pop culture, amply commented on, is only one aspect of Pipilotti Rist’s work. “I make poems in movement,” remarked the artist in an interview. There is indeed a solid dose of poetry and lyricism in these works which blend humour, melancholy, desire, exaltation of the senses and the premonition of a catastrophe, from which emerges a new image of love.

Pipilotti Rist, image tirée de la vidéo I’m Not The Girl Who Misses Much, 1986

Pipilotti Rist, born in 1962 in Switzerland, studied at the Institute of Applied Arts in Vienna and at the School of Design in Basel. Her tapes have been shown at international festivals, in museums around the world, and have been aired on television.

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Stéphane Aquin is Curator of contemporary art at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts since 1998. He was the visual arts columnist for the weekly Voir between 1992 and 1998.