Shoe box, squashed Citroen at Orozco's UK show

Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:00am EST
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - A shoebox, chequered skull and squashed Citroen car were on display at a new exhibition at London's Tate Modern gallery dedicated to Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco.

Some of the 48-year-old's most recognizable works are included in the retrospective, which runs from January 19 to April 25, including an oval, pocketless billiard table across which the red ball swings like a pendulum.

"Carambole with Pendulum" (1996) is a suitably playful work for a show where the artist's humor plays a prominent part.

"Until You Find Another Yellow Schwalbe" is a collection of 40 photographs of two or more similar yellow motorbikes parked together in different parts of Berlin.

The artist was based in the city at the time, and whenever he saw the same make of motorcycle as his own, he would park next to it and capture the image on film.

"It became a game," Orozco said a catalog available to accompany the exhibition. "When I was using it I discovered there was a kind of communication between the owners of Schwalbes. So then I decided to invent this game."

He left printed invitations to yellow Schwalbe owners to a "massive" reunion in the parking space outside the Neue Nationalgalerie. Two people turned up.

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<p>Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco poses beside 'La DS' at the Tate Modern gallery in central London January 17, 2011. REUTERS/Toby Melville</p>