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Patrick Keiller: The Robinson Institute / Tate Britain Commission 2012

Duveen galleriesに設置される、テートの収蔵品に呼応した作品創りをアーティストに依頼するアート・プロジェクト・Tate Britain Commissionの今年の作品は、アーティストで映像作家のPatrick Keiller(パトリック・キーラー)のインスタレーション「The Robinson Institute(3月27日〜10月14日)」。


イギリスの風景、政治、経済、歴史を考察するというこの「The Robinson Institute」は、時に超現実的でバラエティに富んだ、数世紀に渡る120以上の作品を集めている。ロビンソンのイメージは、主にテートのコレクションから選ばれた作品や、歴史家、地理学者、地図製作者、地質学者の研究と共に見ることが出来る。7部に分かれたインスタレーションでは、ジョゼフ・マロード・ウィリアム・ターナーアンディ・ウォーホルアンドレアス・グルスキージャクソン・ポロックデニス・オッペンハイムといった、内外の著名アーティストの作品の横に、1795年にヨークシャー州に落ちた隕石や、政府の修正法案、ビアトリクス・ポターの作品、SF映画「宇宙からの侵略生物(Quatermass 2)」の映像など、ちょっと趣向の変わった作品が並んでいる。


Artist and independent film-maker Patrick Keiller created an unique installation called “The Robinson Institute” (Mar 27  –  Oct 14) at the Duveen galleries for Tate Britain Commission 2012, an art project which invites an artist to develop a new work in response to the Tate Collection.

Over the past 30 years Patrick Keiller has developed a range of films which combine expressionless images of British landscape, rural and urban, with a narration which draws together wide-ranging literary anecdotes, historical episodes, current affairs, economic critique and offbeat humour. “The Robinson Institute” is inspired by Keiller’s best known films in which his fictional creation – an elusive scholar named Robinson – wanders the English landscape and records his chance encounters on an old cine camera.

The exhibition is the reflection of the British landscape, politics, economics and history and it brings together more than 120 diverse and often surreal artworks and objects from across several centuries. Robinson’s images are shown alongside other artworks, mainly from the Tate’s own collections, as well as works by historians, geographers, cartographers and geologists. The seven-part installation includes renown international artists such as JMW Turner, Andy WarholAndreas Gursky, Jackson Pollock and Dennis Oppenheim, together with unusual objects such as meteorite that fell in Yorkshire in 1795 and a parliamentary amendment, as well as Beatrix Potter and clips from the Hammer’s sci-fi horror Quatermass 2.

Individual works are impressive and the choice of works are interesting, but it is not easy to understand the connection between each work and messages behind, for me as a foreigner who don’t know about UK fully. I wish there were an explanation at each part of the installation that helps me understand what it is about (or did I miss it??).