From the series Lycopodium, 2016.
Sensory Space, Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam, 2017
|Listening to Swiss artist Raphael Hefti describe his upcoming installation at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, I am struck by the calm with which he explains the complexities of the project. Just a month out from the opening, the sculptural work is still in the pre-production phase, which in and of itself seems daunting. The piece requires a team of experts and a series of aqueductesque structures to transport 2,000 liters of liquid aluminum into the hallowed exhibition space of one of Holland’s most prestigious art collections.||Hefti is no stranger to ambitious scientific and engineering feats, however. His own path to this museum exhibition involves accidentally exploding a car (and a subsequent “No-Fly” list attached to his name), intentionally setting fire to spores over photographic archival paper, and negotiating special access to industrial ovens in order to slip in a sculpture or two. Many have referred to Hefti as an alchemist, a label he doesn’t necessarily embrace to discuss his practice.|
|To read the full interview download MUSE 47 available from September 7th, 2017|