‘The museum tries to make you feel at home, so you can relax’
Andrea Fraser and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
The atrium of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was the venue that Andrea Fraser chose for the performance she made in 2001. The artist moves through the interior of the building, one that is emblematic of nineties’ international museum architecture, while listening to the institution’s audio guide: ‘You can feel your soul rise up with the building around you.’ Recorded by five hidden cameras, Little Frank and His Carp follows the artist’s movements from different angles and shows the changes in attitude and emotion generated by the male voice of the audio guide; a voice that highlights the sensual forms of the building: ‘The museum tries to make you feel at home, so you can relax.’
The objects are intended to have the objective character of industrial products. They are not intended to represent anything other than what they are. The previous categorization of the arts no longer exists.