This Variation (2012), Kiss (2002) Yet Untitled (2013) by Tino Sehgal

Boglárka Börcsök and Néstor García Díaz interprets Kiss (2007) in KIASMA, Helsinki 

Sehgal’s work Kiss (2007), exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, was his first work in an American museum. Presented in association with the MCA’s show “Collection Highlights,” Kiss is a sculptural work—two dancers kiss and touch, eventually resembling embracing couples from historical works of art; the work appropriates the different amorous poses in Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss (1889), Constantin Brâncuși’s Kiss (1908), Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss (1907–08), Jeff Koons and La Cicciolina’s Made in Heaven (1990–91) and various Gustave Courbet paintings from the 1860s one after the other.

Tino Sehgal’s work consists of live encounters between the artwork and viewer. Rather than making objects, Sehgal creates “constructed situations” within the museum space in which interpreters enact choreographed actions. His materials are the human voice, language, movement, and interaction. Sehgal is internationally renown for his work presented at the Venice Biennale, the Documenta in Kassel, in the Guggenheim in New York and Tate Modern in London.

Boglárka has been working with Seghal since 2012, performing in ‘This Variation’ during the entire documenta(13) in Kassel, at the Manchester International Festival (2013), at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 2015, she performed ‘Kiss’ and ‘Yet Untitled’ at KIASMA Contemporary Art Museum in Helsinki.

For documenta XIII (2012) Sehgal orchestrated This Variation, an immersive piece that places viewers in a nearly dark gallery among some 20 performers who sing, dance, clap, hum and talk, creating “an electrifying aural-spatial experience of pure, unencumbered imagination in action”.


Boglárka Börcsök and Néstor García Díaz interprets Kiss (2007) in KIASMA, Helsinki