Art: Piplotti Rist at the Hayward Gallery

Pipilotti Rist: Eyeball Massage Installation view at the Hayward Gallery. Lobe Of The Lung (2009) Photo Linda Nylind

We loved this show and can’t recommend it highly enough. Sometimes going to an art exhibition, especially a big ‘survey’ show like this can feel a tiny bit like a chore – something else to add to the to-do list, even if you know it will give you pleasure. This is so un-chore like. The minute you enter you are engulfed in the world of the Swiss artist, once called an ‘evangelist of happiness’. You can’t not succumb to the whole experience of being there: the rooms are dark, the art is mostly film installations displayed in all kinds of ways (except boringly), and to watch some of them you are invited to lounge about on piles of big cushions. But this would count for nothing if Rist’s work wasn’t of the highest order, which it is. It’s exuberant and provactive – Rist has put her camera inside a body for example, has made a chandelier out of underpants, and isn’t afraid of a bum hole, but it’s all done with such intelligence and humour (though not all of it is funny) that you just want to watch and watch. If you want to know more, read this review in the Guardian. But basically, if you’re a woman or want to know what it’s like to be a woman Rist’s work is kind of essential viewing. You’ll have a really good time too.

Piplotti Rist: Eyeball Massage
Until 8 Jan 2012. Gallery open 10am - 6pm daily, and till 8pm on Thurs and Fridays
Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
£7 - £10
020 7960 4200
— Daisy
27th October 2011

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