Upcoming Exhibition

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Unstable Presence

April 25–November 1, 2020

Floor 7

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Air and water, heartbeats and voices, text and light — these are the materials of media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Over the past few decades, the artist has earned international recognition for large-scale, participatory installations that frequently incorporate technology and the architecture of public spaces. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence offers a new perspective on his “anti-monuments” and their poetic and political dimensions that explore the concept of co-presence by highlighting how our physical presence and the natural and technological spaces we inhabit form a continuous stream of interaction. The artist’s first large survey exhibition in the U.S., Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence brings together recent sculptural installations and immersive environments realized on microscopic and macroscopic scales. They engage our sense of play and anxieties as we experience the implications of technology and behaviors of participation in social and political contexts.


Exhibition Preview

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Call on Water, 2016 (installation view, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, 2019); courtesy the artist and bitforms, Max Estrella, Wilde, and Pace galleries; © Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain; photo: Mariana Yañez
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Vicious Circular Breathing, 2013 (installation view, Pseudomatismos, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, 2015); Borusan Contemporary Art Collection; ©️ Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain; photo: Oliver Santana
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sphere Packing: Bach, 2018 (installation view, Unstable Presence, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, 2019–20); Borusan Contemporary Art Collection; ©️ Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain; photo: Mariana Yañez
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, 33 Questions per Minute, 2000 (installation view, Unstable Presence, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 2018); courtesy the artist and bitforms, Max Estrella, and Wilde galleries; ©️ Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain; photo: Guy L’Heureux
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Airborne Newscast, 2013 (installation view, Unstable Presence, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, 2019–20); courtesy the artist and bitforms, Max Estrella, and Wilde galleries; ©️ Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain; photo: Roberto Ortíz Giacomán
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Cardinal Directions, 2010 (installation view, Materialized Surveillance, Galería Max Estrella, Madrid, 2010); courtesy the artist and bitforms, Max Estrella, and Wilde galleries; ©️ Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain; photo: Antimodular Research
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Pan Anthem, 2014 (installation view, Pseudomatismos, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, 2015); courtesy the artist and bitforms, Max Estrella, and Wilde galleries; ©️ Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain; photo: Oliver Santana
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Pulse Spiral, 2008 (installation view, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, now Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2008); ©️ Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain; photo: Antimodular Research
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Pulse Spiral, 2008 (installation view, Unstable Presence, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 2018); courtesy the artist and bitforms, Max Estrella, Wilde, and Pace galleries, with the generous contribution of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal Collection; © Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain; photo: François Maisonneuve
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Synaptic Caguamas, 2004 (installation view, Galería OMR, at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2004); Collection FEMSA; ©️ Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain; photo: Antimodular Research
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Seismoscopes, 2009 (installation view, Recorders, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2011–12); courtesy the artist and bitforms, Max Estrella, and Wilde galleries; ©️ Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain; photo: Antimodular Research


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence is co-organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Generous support for Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence is provided by Lionel F. Conacher and Joan T. Dea, Debbie and Andy Rachleff, Carlie Wilmans, and Pat Wilson.

Header image: (mobile) Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Call on Water, 2016 (installation view, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, 2019); courtesy the artist and bitforms, Max Estrella, and Wilde galleries; © Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain; photo: Mariana Yañez