Tessa Praun, Museum Director & Chief Curator
Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art
Posted to Instagram on May 25, 2020: "A few weeks ago, I received an invitation by Andrea Rosen Gallery and David Zwirner Gallery in New York to participate as one of up to 1000 “places” around the world in the official installation of Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s “Untitled” (Fortune Cookie Corner), 1990. This expansive exhibition takes place between today, May 25th, and July 5th 2020, and is curated by Andrea Rosen.
My chosen location is the entrance area of Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art. After a three-year intermission, Magasin III was scheduled to reopen to the public in early May with a new concept. Due to the turmoil the pandemic created, we had to postpone the reopening. The museum’s entrance area finds itself halfway through renovations. During the coming weeks, only construction workers and Magasin III staff will have access to and use this space as renovations are resumed.
In this way, “Untitled” (Fortune Cookie Corner) lingers in a state of limbo, in a semi-private/public space, existing as a prelude to the new museum concept launching in October: When we welcome visitors back, we will invite people to get closer to the art by also experiencing work under production and the process of caring for the collection when it is not shown.
As we needed to postpone our highly anticipated relaunch, it feels even more valuable to be part of this exhibition. Its implicit connections to chance, hope, and the unknown resonate deeply with me. Preparing my participation in this manifestation, and caring for it over the next weeks, gives my team and myself the chance to focus on what matters most in our work: art itself. Very needed in these strange times and until we can welcome visitors back."