The Last Resort by Anri Sala in Luxembourg

Thursday, February 6, 2020
The Last Resort by Anri Sala in Luxembourg

The Last Resort was first presented at the Observatory Hill Park bandstand overlooking Sydney Harbour. The work reinterprets Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, written in 1791, three years after the First Fleet landed in Australia.

Image: Anri Sala, The Last Resort

 

The Last Resort was first presented at the Observatory Hill Park bandstand overlooking Sydney Harbour. The work reinterprets Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, written in 1791, three years after the First Fleet landed in Australia.

 

 Anri Sala, The Last Resort

 

Sala altered the score to echo the voyages made between Europe and Australia, modifying its original tempo according to the wind conditions recorded by James Bell, who sailed aboard the Planter from St Katharine Docks in London to Adelaide in 1838.

 

Anri Sala,The Last Resort, installation view, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2018
Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery and Esther Schipper, Berlin | Photo: Ivan Erofeev © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

 

Sala has described that ‘[his] intention was to subvert Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, its flow as a whole, its gravity and its pace, in order to produce the perception of a concert that has traveled a long distance.’ Referencing both the paradigmatic music of the period and the history of colonisation, The Last Resort is a poetic expression of the paradoxes of the Age of Enlightenment.

 

Anri Sala,If and Only If, 2018 ( lm still)
Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris © Cathy Carver

 

 

Anri Sala, The Last resort, Until 13 April, 2020

Luxembourg, Mudam Luxembourg
Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean

 

 

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