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Sculpture or Pavilion?, 2015
230 x 334 x 344 cm
stainless steel frame, glass

Dan Graham


For this new exhibition at Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Dan Graham presents a new pavilion as well as the video Death by Chocolate: West Edmonton Shopping Mall (2005) and an anthology of recent pavilion projects.

Dan Graham is known for his films of the late 60s and early 70s. In these early films, the mutability between observer and observed can be seen as an antecedent for the duality of transparency and reflection that comes later in the pavilions. Democratically rooted in everyday urban life and activity, Graham’s pavilions are functional structures, hybrids between sculpture and architecture. They have sources in architecture and urban design; the skyscraper and two-way mirror corporate office buildings; 18th Century English landscape design; the folly and the picturesque; elliptical neo-Baroque space and the Rococo.

Dan Graham has described his pavilions as “producing a sense of uneasiness and psychological alienation through a constant play between feelings of inclusion and exclusion.”

Dan Graham is born in 1942 in Urbana, Illinois. His work has been exhibited in numerous Belgian and international exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Documenta VII, IX and X in Kassel; Skulptur Projekte ’87 and ’97, Münster; the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen; Museo D’Arte Contemporanea, Torino; and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo. He lives and works in New York.


Sculpture or Pavilion?, 2015
230 x 334 x 344 cm
stainless steel frame, glass


Death by Chocolate: West Edmonton Mall, 2005

Death by Chocolate: West Edmonton Mall draws on nearly twenty years’ worth of footage shot in the bizarre yet familiar arena of the shopping mall. The resulting work provides a coldly beautiful view of mall culture: its architecture, its consumer public and its unique aesthetic world. This work also provides a corollary to Graham’s own prodigious writings and projects on the public spaces of corporate capitalism.

video, color, sound, 8 min.


Video Projection Outside Home, 1978
23 x 51 x 77,5 cm (9 x 20 x 30 in.)
architectural model, painted wood and plastic


Star of David (Hamburg Version) , 2001
107 x 107 x 72,5 cm
size of model including base board
2-way mirror glass, aluminium, MDF, acrylic paint

Dan Graham


For this new exhibition at Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Dan Graham presents a new pavilion as well as the video Death by Chocolate: West Edmonton Shopping Mall (2005) and an anthology of recent pavilion projects.

Dan Graham is known for his films of the late 60s and early 70s. In these early films, the mutability between observer and observed can be seen as an antecedent for the duality of transparency and reflection that comes later in the pavilions. Democratically rooted in everyday urban life and activity, Graham’s pavilions are functional structures, hybrids between sculpture and architecture. They have sources in architecture and urban design; the skyscraper and two-way mirror corporate office buildings; 18th Century English landscape design; the folly and the picturesque; elliptical neo-Baroque space and the Rococo.

Dan Graham has described his pavilions as “producing a sense of uneasiness and psychological alienation through a constant play between feelings of inclusion and exclusion.”

Dan Graham is born in 1942 in Urbana, Illinois. His work has been exhibited in numerous Belgian and international exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Documenta VII, IX and X in Kassel; Skulptur Projekte ’87 and ’97, Münster; the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen; Museo D’Arte Contemporanea, Torino; and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo. He lives and works in New York.