“Empty Room” beguiles at the Blanton Museum of Art

Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 19, 2013

On a recent weekday walk through the “Lifelike” exhibit at the Blanton Museum of Art, plenty of visitors didn’t give a second glance to the small alcove cordoned off with masking tape.

No wonder.

The strange little alcove looks to hold nothing but used paint buckets and cans and cardboard boxes and scrap lumber — supplies that are likely used in the installation of an exhibit.

But actually it’s “Empty Room” an installation by Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss, who re-created the objects they found the basement of the Walker Art Center, hand-sculpting each item carefully in polyurethane.

“Empty Room” gets a unique installation at the Blanton, one that makes the arrangement of ersatz quotidian objects particularly beguiling, even a little melancholy.

“Lifelike” is organized by the Walker Art Center and is making its last stop at the Blanton. The show continues through Sept. 22.


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