This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Wolfgang Laib, who is installing two major works in the U.S. Laib will debut Pollen from Hazelnut in the atrium at the Museum of Modern Art next Wednesday, January 23. At 18-by-21 feet, it will be the largest pollen field he has made. Then The Phillips Collection will open the Laib Wax Room, a new permanent installation, on March 2. It will be the first permanent installation at the Phillips since the museum opened its Rothko Room in 1960.
Laib’s installations typically make use of natural materials such as different kinds of pollen, rice, wax, milk and marble. He has been the subject of numerous retrospectives, including an American retrospective organized by the American Federation of Arts that opened at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 2000.
This is Laib installing a wax room on his own land in southern Germany. On this week’s show Laib and I discussed why he built himself a wax room – and how his daughter responded to it! Read more about the wax room coming to the Phillips here.
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