untitled 1994 (angst essen seele auf)

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Jan 12 — Feb 3

  • Past
  • Performance

Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 1994 (angst essen seele auf). 1994. Friesenwall 116a, Cologne, 1994. Courtesy Rirkrit Tiravanija Archive, Berlin. (c) Rirkrit Tiravanija

For his exhibition A LOT OF PEOPLE, Rirkrit Tiravanija (Thai, b. 1961) stages five interactive artworks as a series of plays. In untitled 1994 (angst essen seele auf) (1994), visitors are welcome to order beer or a Coca-Cola from a bar. An homage to Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film Angst essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) (1974), the bar recreates the setting where the film’s protagonists—an elderly German widow and a Moroccan Gastarbeiter (guest worker)—meet. The work stands as an early example of Tiravanija’s use of architecture to instigate situations of unknown outcome—opening space, like the bar in Fassbinder’s film, for encounters.

Matthew Dalton Lynch


Fridays and Saturdays
Jan 12 through Feb 3
2 p.m. until last call, 30 min before closing

Visitors must be 21+ to drink alcohol and will be required to present ID for age verification.

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22-25 Jackson Avenue Queens, NY 11101


Organized by Ruba Katrib, Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, MoMA PS1, and Yasmil Raymond, guest curator, with Jody Graf and Kari Rittenbach, Assistant Curators, MoMA PS1.

Production: Lauren DiLoreto, Director of Program Production; Richard Wilson, Exhibition and Production Designer; Kate Robinson, Senior Registrar; Lilly Hern-Fondation, Senior Project Manager, Exhibitions and Commissions; Nick Scavo, Senior Project Manager, Music, Performance, and Events; Anna Grofik, Preparator; and Lauren Tosswill, Plays and Activations Manager.


Major support for Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE is provided by Maja Hoffmann / Luma Foundation, the Family of Lise Stolt-Nielsen, the Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Generous support is provided by Glenstone Foundation and Ellen and Michael Ringier. Additional support is provided by Steven and Alexandra Cohen, Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, and Craig Robins and Jackie Soffer.

Funding is also provided by Eileen and Michael Cohen and Laura Steinberg and Bernardo Nadal-Ginard.