We’ve already given you one reason to visit the New Museum next year, so it couldn’t hurt to tell you about another. From February 12th 2014, Polish artist Paweł Althamer will take over the second, third, and fourth floors of the New Museum for his latest collection. Part of the collection is called “The Neighbors,” and will call on the general public and other community groups to contribute their own drawings and paintings for as long as the space is available.
The idea is to blur the line between public and institutional space; a prime example is the live sculpture workshop that will be led by Althamer and give collaborators a chance to create pieces alongside the artist. Another aspect of this crossover is to have musicians perform outside the New Museum building on the Bowery, and relay the music in real-time to the third floor gallery.
It’s the artist’s first solo show at a US museum, and also includes an enormous installation from the 2013 Venice Biennale called “Venetians.” It’s also worth noting that “The Neighbors” is technically a re-launch of “Draftsmen’s Congress,” a participatory installation Althamer debuted at the 7th Berlin Biennale in 2012.