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.
Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski are available for interview. Follow their exploits at the 2013 Carnegie International blog: ci13.cmoa.org.
To learn more about the 2013 Carnegie International series of apartment talks in Lawrenceville, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.