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Tatzu Nishi, JP

Installation at the Winter Palace

The Japanese artist, Tatzu Nishi has constructed a temporary, but well-furnished living room out of wood around a chandelier in one of the rooms in the Winter Palace. The chandelier was surrounded by walls, a ceiling and floor which were brought from an abandoned house to be demolished in St. Petersburg. The visitor could climb upstairs and enter the living room through the hallway, thus getting a feeling of a home within a museum. The artist described the viewers’ experience: “Seeing artworks they had never experienced before enables the audience to re-realise or discover essences of daily life that had become too familiar to notice, allowing them to distance themselves from their ingrained ways of thinking and encouraging them to perceive things more actively and freely.”