‘Rain Room’ Coming to Budi Tek’s Shanghai Museum

The Rain Room Photo: Kate Sokoler

Random International’s oft-Instagrammed summer 2013 Rain Room installation at MoMA made, well, quite a splash in New York. As part of the exhibition “EXPO 1: New York,” you likely either experienced it or saw so many pictures of it that you might as well have (see New York City’s Top 5 Immersive Shows of 2013). If, somehow, you missed out, and if you happen to be heading to Shanghai this fall, here’s your chance to take a walk through the field of falling water.

ArtNews reports that Indonesian-Chinese art collector Budi Tek announced on Thursday at the Art Stage Singapore fair his plans to bring the installation to the Yuz Museum, his private institution in Shanghai, beginning in September (see Exhibitions at Mega Collector Budi Tek’s Second Museum Will Dodge Chinese Import Taxes).

Perhaps Tek is hoping that Rain Room will drum up some instant publicity for his eight-month-old museum? Given that during Rain Room‘s runs in London and New York, visitors reportedly waited in line for as long as 12 hours to enter (and later posted hundreds of shots to social media), he’s probably not wrong.

Tek, who said that he has acquired Rain Room, noted that the Yuz Museum will be having an even larger version of the room than the 150-square-meter one displayed at MoMA. He also revealed that the installation will go on display in Singapore in 2017.

His ultimate plan for Rain Room is to move it to Bali, where he is soon to build an art complex.


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