The Phillips’s first permanent installation since the Rothko Room (1960), the Laib Wax Room opens March 2, 2013. Wolfgang Laib, Wax Room (Where have you gone–where are you going?), 2013. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Photo: Lee Stalsworth
I have made beeswax chambers over the past twenty-five years or so, and more recently I have felt that I would not make them for temporary exhibitions, one after the other, but only if they could be permanent. A wax chamber is something like a house, anyway: You build a house and you don’t take it down. A wax chamber is also something that you could never explain, and it would be a pity to try to do so, because it’s so simple and also very complex.
Following an insightful review by Ben Davis, BLOUIN ARTINFO published this wonderful video of Wolfgang Laib installing his pollen piece in MoMA’s atrium and speaking about his process. Stay tuned for tales of the artist’s process, last week, of creating a permanent beeswax chamber at The Phillips Collection. The Laib Wax Room opens this Saturday, March 2, and you can see Pollen from Hazelnut at MoMA through March 11.