Sarah Sze’s Venice Biennale Installation Heads to the Bronx

Detail of Sarah Sze's Triple Point (Planetarium) (2013) at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Photo: Benjamin Sutton.

For her American Pavilion commission at the 2013 Venice Biennale, Sarah Sze crafted an enormous, sprawling, obsessively detailed, and Rube Goldberg-like installation titled Triple Point, which snaked through the entire Neo-Classic pavilion, covering both its interior and exterior. Now the institution that commissioned the piece, the Bronx Museum of the Arts (BMA), is bringing the largest component of that unwieldy thing, Triple Point (Planetarium) (2013) to New York City.

The intricate sculpture will go on view at the BMA on July 3, and remain through August 24. Considering how specifically tailored to the Giardini pavilion the work is—Sze worked on site for weeks building Triple Point—it will be interesting to see how its new setting affects the installation.

“A critical aspect of The Bronx Museum’s goal as the commissioning institution for the US Pavilion was to give our local audiences a way to connect to this major international exhibition,” Holly Block, the BMA’s executive director, said in a statement. “Exhibiting one of the works from the Pavilion gives our visitors the opportunity to have a live experience with Sze’s work and interact with a sculpture of international acclaim that they’ve learned about from afar. It will be an exciting culmination of this more than two-year process.”

The BMA exhibition will mark Sze’s first solo show at a New York museum since 2011, when she presented a series of new installations and sculptural works at Asia Society. She recently a major solo exhibition at the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia, which closed in April.

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