Friday, March 13, 2009
Who's Afraid of Christoph Büchel?
The latest bombshell from Tyler Green's interview with Paul Schimmel: MOCA plans a 2010 earthwork show featuring a large-scale project by Christoph Büchel in the Mojave Desert. In 2007 Mass MoCA pulled the plug on Büchel's installation "Training Ground for Democracy" (detail, above) after it ran over budget, and then briefly showed parts of the unfinished work against the artist's wishes. Neither the museum nor the artist came off especially well. Some predicted it would be a long time before Büchel got another big commission. Schimmel says that curator Philipp Kaiser is "real confident that working together they can do something that works within the budgetary and the practical constraints."