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A Playground for Carnegie Museum of Art

Released: February 21, 2013

1970s artist-designed play sculpture ready for use in late April

  Lozziwurm Credit Josh Franzos 

 

 Pittsburgh, PA...Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art, announced today the late April launch of a Lozziwurm play sculpture among the trees near the museum’s main entrance at Forbes Avenue and Craig Street. The Lozziwurm is a colorful, twisting, tubular play structure designed by Swiss artist Yvan Pestalozzi in 1972; this is the first US installation of a Lozziwurm and it will be open to the public. The Lozziwurm is one of several projects leading up to the 2013 Carnegie International, which opens October 5, 2013. It reflects the International’s explicit engagement with the city of Pittsburgh, the museum’s public, and conceptions of play. “We all agreed that this exhibition would not drop on the city from out of nowhere, but would be developed in exchange with Pittsburgh, its people, and its urban fabric," said Daniel Baumann, one of the three co-curators along with Dan Byers and Tina Kukielski. This new public space—together with the apartment in Lawrenceville that is a site for informal events, the CI13 blog, and exhibition components in other parts of the city—will deepen this engagement with Pittsburgh, as it also explores play as the foundation of thinking, making, and experimentation, a key animating concept of the 2013 Carnegie International.

 

The museum expects to break ground in mid-February and open the play structure in late April 2013, creating a place where families can gather and where children from all backgrounds and all parts of the city can play and interact. Surprising, welcoming, and accessible to all, this newly established pocket park represents Carnegie Museum of Art's continuing commitment to families, and to exploration, and creative imagination, setting the stage for new ways of thinking about contemporary art and the museum. This commitment will be expressed in greater depth during the museum's Summer Architecture Camp at the Heinz Architectural Center, which will be set against the backdrop of The Playground Project, a richly illustrated exhibition on the history of postwar playgrounds. Children participating in the camps will have the opportunity to respond to inspiring sites from around the world, designing playgrounds of their own. The Playground Project will be on view for museum visitors from June 10 to August 23, 2013, and then October 4, 2013, to March 16, 2014.

 

2013 Carnegie International 

Opening October 5, 2013, the 2013 Carnegie International could only happen in Pittsburgh. A major exhibition of international contemporary art, a playground, the museum's collection, and an engagement with the city of Pittsburgh, the International is truly international in scope and unorthodox in approach. The exhibition will include 33 artists from 19 countries—some of the most striking, contradictory, and playful voices working today—and is deeply rooted in the museum that has hosted this exhibition since 1896.

 

Co-curators Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski are expected to announce the artists in the upcoming Carnegie International in late April 2013. They will continue to host public artist talks and related events at the museum's apartment space in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and provide a window into their thoughts and planning process on the 2013 Carnegie International blog, Pinterest, Tumblr, and other social media.

 

   

The Curators 

Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski are available for interview. Follow their exploits at the 2013 Carnegie International blog: ci13.cmoa.org.
 

Apartment Talks 

To learn more about the 2013 Carnegie International series of apartment talks in Lawrenceville, please email gauglerj@carnegiemuseums.org.

 

Support 

Major support for the 2013 Carnegie International has been provided by the A.W. Mellon Charitable and Educational Fund, The Fine Foundation, Friends of the Carnegie International, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art, and The Henry L. Hillman Fund.

 

The Lozziwurm is made possible by a generous gift from Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann, co-chairs of the Friends of the 2013 Carnegie International.

 

Major gifts have also been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art.

 

Carnegie Museum of Art 

Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European works from the 16th century to the present. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understanding of the physical environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at www.cmoa.org.

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