Felix Gonzalez-Torres: This Place

  • The MAC |
  • 29 Oct 2015 – 24 Jan 2016

The Cuban-born artist fills The MAC with endless paper stacks, piles of sweets and installations of illuminated curtains, as well as paintings, jigsaw-puzzle works and sculptures.

As a member of the New York-based collective Group Material from 1987, Gonzalez-Torres encouraged viewers of his installations to help themselves to their component parts as they travelled around his exhibition – eating the sweets, if they felt like it – in an effort to unite ‘activism’ with art, a key tenet of Group Material’s manifesto, which was to show that art depends on a social context for its meaning. His intention was not therefore to be ‘playful’; rather it was to be ‘democratic’.

On closer inspection, however, the works are also earnest personal tributes. Some have even been described as ‘portraits’, notably the very touching Untitled, a large-scale billboard poster depicting an empty but evidently slept-in bed made after the death of Gonzalez-Torres’s partner that was displayed on advertising hoardings across locations in New York in 1992.


Venue details

The MAC 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast County Antrim BT1 2NJ 028 9023 5053 themaclive.com

Entry details

Free entry to all

Mon – Sun, 10am – 7pm
Closed 25 Dec