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MoMA is currently displaying a sculpture featuring a colony of live bees

Will Gleason

If you thought Pierre Huyghe’s boulder-heavy Met Roof Garden Commission this summer was somewhat less than exciting, than you might want to try heading a bit further downtown to check out his sculptural installation at MoMA. It features not only a beautiful sculpture of a reclining nude but a swarming hive of...

Huyghe’s “Untitled” features a "live colony of a gentle breed of bees" buzzing around the head of a reclining woman. It will be on view in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden until Mid-August. Says MoMA:

"On view for the first time since its recent acquisition, French artist Pierre Huyghe’s 2012 sculpture Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt)[Reclining female nude] incorporates a live colony of a gentle breed of bees, which serves as the head of a concrete cast of an idealized female nude. This tour de force of Huyghe’s oeuvre reflects his concern with living systems, and the timing of the sculpture’s display is determined by the natural cycle of the bee colony, which is most active during the summer months. Operating according to its own natural logic, the colony introduces a dynamic community into the Sculpture Garden’s summer installation."

h/t Apartment Therapy


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