Let Your Hair Down

Let Your Hair Down 2009

Pipilotti Rist

Entrance area

Audio & Video

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About this artwork

In 'Let your hair down' in the entrance area of the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, you can leave your daily things behind you and surrender - literally floating in the air - to video art. The Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist has in recent years hit the international art world headlines with large spatial video and audio installations. Stretched out on soft benches, cushions or beds, the museum visitor can relax and watch the images on the ceiling, on the floor or on transparent curtains. 'Let your down your hair' is a sequel to these installations. Rist designed a place where you can relax at the start of the exhibition or recharge your batteries during your visit. The show consists of a series of videos - one by Rist and five works from the museum's video collection - which changes every six months.

About the creator

Pipilotti Rist

Grabs 1962

Elisabeth Charlotte Rist assumed the name Pipilotti during her teens, a mix of her pet name Lotti and the name of Pippi Longstocking, the tough girl from the books by Astrid Lindgren. From 1982 she studied commercial art, illustration and photography at the Institut für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna and subsequently Audiovisual communication at the Schule für Gestaltung in Basel. In this period, Rist began working with 8mm films and slide projections which were shown during the performance of various bands. In 1984 she held her first solo exhibition in the artists' initiative Galeria Prottore/Stauraum in Vienna. From 1988 to 1994, Rist played in the band Les Reines Prochaines as a musician. Even after she stopped playing, music and pop culture continued to play an important role in her work. Together with a regular team, the Atelier Rist Sisters, Rist has concentrated on space-filling installations since the mid-1990s. Video, audio and spatial experience play an equal role in these. She has worked for many years with the composer Anders Guggisberg and this has given her a unique and recognisable sound. Her solo exhibition Elixir was on view in Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum from 7 March to 10 May 2009.

Object details

material and technique: audio video installation
kind of object: installation
creditline: Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with the support of: Han Nefkens H+F Mecenaat en / and BankGiro Loterij 2009
inventory number: BEK 1810 (MK)