Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mr. Peacock

"Invited by Harald Szeemann to the XLIX Venice Biennale (2001) and aware of the sycophantic attention lavished by the art establishment during the opening parties, he planned a 'live' work that didn't require his presence entitled The Ambassador. Mr. Peacock (a real bird) occupied a hotel room and was assigned a keeper to attend the Biennale's opening festivities."

from Francis Alÿs: The Prophet and the Fly, Catherine Lampert, Turner, Madrid, 2003

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