Tomás Saraceno: Entangled Orbits

From October 1, 2017 — June 10, 2018

Internationally acclaimed artist and trained architect Tomás Saraceno uses iridescent panels, spider webs, and inflatable orbs in three fascinating sculptures on view. The centerpiece of the exhibition, Entangled Orbits, transforms the East Lobby with clusters of iridescent-paneled modules held in place by strings reminiscent of a spider web. Appearing somewhat like bubbles, these spherical modules evoke the artist’s visionary plans for “cloud cities,” which look to naturally occurring forms for inspiration and might provide environments for future human habitation. Similarly, the intricate spider web of ropes refers to a natural structure that encompasses the qualities of strength, beauty, and flexibility.

Immersive installations by Saraceno in the BMA’s European Art galleries (on view through April 29, 2018) further demonstrate the artist's interest in the structures of the natural world—clouds, bubbles, and spider web—that could model the architecture of the future. These arresting and imaginative installations include:

  • An elaborate spider web (built by several types of spiders) encased in a suspended vitrine and dramatically lit within an entirely darkened space
  • Hovering abstract sculptures that evoke planetary systems and early 20th-century modernist designs
  • Iridescent inflatables suspended from above and filling an entire gallery

This exhibition is curated by Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman.

  • Tomás Saraceno. Hybrid solitary semi social semi social SAO 90734 built by: a solo Nephila senegalensis   one week, 
           		a duet of Cyrtophora citricola  three weeks, a quartet Cyrtophora citricola juvenile  two weeks.
           		2017. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Pinksummer Contemporary, Genoa; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires.

    Tomás Saraceno. Hybrid solitary semi social semi social SAO 90734 built by: a solo Nephila senegalensis one week, a duet of Cyrtophora citricola three weeks, a quartet Cyrtophora citricola juvenile two weeks. 2017. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Pinksummer Contemporary, Genoa; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires.

  • Tomás Saraceno. Zonal Harmonic 2N 110/13. 2017. Metal, polyester rope, fishing line, steel thread. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Pinksummer Contemporary, Genoa; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires.
        		Zonal Harmonic 3N+1D 200/16. 2017. Metal, polyester rope, fishing line, steel thread. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Pinksummer Contemporary, Genoa; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires.

    Tomás Saraceno. Zonal Harmonic 2N 110/13. 2017. Metal, polyester rope, fishing line, steel thread. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Pinksummer Contemporary, Genoa; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires. Zonal Harmonic 3N+1D 200/16. 2017. Metal, polyester rope, fishing line, steel thread. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Pinksummer Contemporary, Genoa; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires.

  • Tomás Saraceno. 80SW iridescent/Flying Garden/Air Port City. 2011. 80 transparent pillows, transparent film, black webbing, black rope, elastic black rope, iridescent foil
        		Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Pinksummer Contemporary, Genoa; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires.

    Tomás Saraceno. 80SW iridescent/Flying Garden/Air Port City. 2011. 80 transparent pillows, transparent film, black webbing, black rope, elastic black rope, iridescent foil Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Pinksummer Contemporary, Genoa; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires.

Tomás Saraceno. Entangled Orbits. 2017. Metal, polyester rope, iridescent plexiglass. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Pinksummer Contemporary, Genoa; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires.