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Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 1996 (Rehearsal Studio No. 6), November 22—December 31, 1996, Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen. Courtesy of the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Rirkrit Tiravanija: JOUEZ/PLAY

  • Exhibition
  • Past Event
  • Contemporary Art
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PHI Foundation 465 Saint-Jean Street
Montréal, Québec H2Y 2R5

November 3, 2023—March 10, 2024
Wednesday to Friday: 12 PM—7 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 11 AM—6 PM

Closure Notice
The artwork untitled 1996 (rehearsal studio no. 6) (2023) will exceptionally be closed on Saturday, March 2, 2024 as of 3 PM, in preparation for the event The Plateaux of Mirror.

Free admission
Reservations are not required, but before visiting the exhibition, you will be asked to register at the main entrance, which is located at 465 Saint-Jean Street.

The PHI Foundation is pleased to present JOUEZ/PLAY, a solo exhibition by artist Rirkrit Tiravanija. 

Rather than creating art objects for static display, Tiravanija focuses on the interactions between people and their surroundings. As a central tenet of his practice, he encourages visitors to become active participants in the artistic experience, instead of passive consumers of culture. In many of Tiravanija’s artworks, the visitor’s involvement is required in order for the work to be fully realized. In this exhibition and since 2017, he has moved into the realm of illusory speculation, experimenting with technological integrations into artistic forms of practice.

During the 1990s, Tiravanija began producing artworks that revolved around his own personal history, through the restaging of his everyday experiences. By presenting such alternative perspectives, he turns life itself into a work of art. As part of the exhibition at the PHI Foundation, two such works that exemplify his relational and playful approach are featured. untitled 1996 (rehearsal studio no. 6) (2023), consists of an actual music rehearsal studio based on the one Tiravanija used with friends for band rehearsals. Inside the installation, visitors can listen to recordings from past rehearsal sessions and are also welcome to pick up and play the instruments. The installation will also host scheduled rehearsal sessions and organized concerts with Montréal bands.

untitled 2017 (skip the bruising…) (2017), consists of an immersive bar installation that was part of the set for Tiravanija’s frame-by-frame re-creation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1974 film Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. For the duration of the exhibition at the Foundation, this “set” will provide a place for visitors to meet, dwell, and hang out, while the artist’s recreation of the film plays on a television set within the installation. This work will be further activated throughout the run of the show with a program of workshops and events, as well as an actor “playing” bartender who will serve drinks to visitors on certain days of the week. 

In the 451 Saint-Jean Street building, Tiravanjia explores illusory speculation through untitled 2023 (sitcom ghost) (2023), a new work that focuses on the metaphysical nature of his practice in generating imaginative realms. Originally a monologue written by the French artist Philippe Parreno on the occasion of Tiravanija’s mid-career retrospective exhibition at the Couvent des Cordeliers in Paris (2005), a live iteration of sitcom ghost was performed by Austrian actor Florian Troebinger, who played the character Barbara in Tiravanija’s 2017 remake of Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. In this new artwork rendition, Troebinger’s monologue is performed in augmented reality, shown throughout the four floors of the building at 451 Saint-Jean Street, with the apparition moving and haunting the gallery spaces on each level. untitled 2023 (sitcom ghost) continues Tiravanija’s investigation of the complicated means of art production, probing the tension between the artwork and the gallery space.

Tiravanija seamlessly operates across the genres of installation, sculpture, and social practice, which are all perfectly conducive to the reinvention of transnational, urban-based identities, and provide a place for all to play.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the SDC Vieux-Montréal.


Rirkrit Tiravanija

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rirkrit Tiravanija was raised in Thailand, Ethiopia, and Canada. He studied art in Canada and the United States. Tiravanija is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Winner of the 2005 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Guggenheim Museum, Tiravanija was also awarded the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucelia Artist Award. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum of New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Luma Foundation in Arles, and at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam before being presented in Paris and London. Tiravanija is a member of the faculty of the School of the Arts at Columbia University and is a founding member and curator of Utopia Station, a collective project of artists, art historians, and curators. Tiravanija is also co-founder of an educational-ecological project known as the land, located in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Melissa Karmen Lee (Ph. D.)

Melissa Karmen Lee (Ph. D.) 李林嘉敏 was born on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories in Vancouver, Canada. She currently holds the appointment of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Chinese Canadian Museum in Vancouver, British Columbia. From 2019 to 2022, she was the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery. From 2016 to 2019, she was on the founding team that opened the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art, Hong Kong, serving as the Education and Public Programs Curator.

What You Need to Know Before Your Visit

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Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 1996 (Rehearsal Studio No. 6), November 22—December 31, 1996, Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen. Courtesy of the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin

As part of this installation, visitors are welcome to book a one-hour rehearsal session in Rirkrit Tiravanija’s art installation untitled 1996 (rehearsal studio no. 6)

Book a session

To book, please send us an e-mail at [email protected] with “Rirkrit Tiravanija - untitled 1996 (rehearsal studio no. 6)” in the subject line, and specify the number of people in your group. You may also book for one person.

*Please note that the Foundation will remain open to the public during your practice session.

List of instruments available on site

1 Mapex Tornado drum set
2 electric guitars (1 Fender Stratocaster, 1 Epiphone SG)
1 Fender Precision bass
1 Roland Juno DS-61 synthesizer
2 Fender Twin guitar amps
1 Traynor 100W bass amp with Ampeg 4x10 Cabinet amp
1 Traynor keyboard amp
2 mics vocal Shure SM58
3 mics amp Shure SM57
1 mic condenser Lewitt LCT440-Pure
1 BOSS Reverb (rv-6) pedal
1 BOSS Super OverDrive (sd-1) pedal
2 custom OverDrive pedals

If you wish, you may also bring your own instruments.

Rehearsal Studio Booking Schedule

Wednesdays from 5 PM to 6 PM or from 6 PM to 7 PM:
November 8, 15, 22, 29

Wednesdays from 5 PM to 6 PM or from 6 PM to 7 PM:
December 6, 13

Wednesdays from 5 PM to 6 PM or from 6 PM to 7 PM:
January 17, 24, 31

Wednesdays from 5 PM to 6 PM or from 6 PM to 7 PM:
February 7, 14, 21, 28

Wednesdays from 5 PM to 6 PM or from 6 PM to 7 PM:
March 6

untitled 2017 (skip the bruising…)

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Rirkrit Tiravanija, Skip the bruising of the eskimos to the exquisite words vs. if I give you a penny you can give me a pair of scissors, 2017, mixed media, variable dimensions. Installation view at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York (2017). Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery

On certain dates of the exhibition, Tiravanija’s installation untitled 2017 (skip the bruising...) will be activated by a bartender, named Barbara, with an offering of board games for visitors to enjoy.

When the bar is activated, each visitor may receive up to two beverages, offered for free by the Foundation.

Please note, visitors must be 18+ to drink alcohol and will be required to present IDS.

Bar Activation Schedule

Thursdays from 5 PM to 7 PM: November 9, 16, 23, 30
Saturdays from 4 PM to 6 PM: November 4, 11, 18, 25

Thursday from 5 PM to 7 PM: December 7, 21, 28
Thursday from 4 PM to 6 PM: December 14
Saturdays from 4 PM to 6 PM: December 2, 9, 16, 30

Thursdays from 5 PM to 7 PM: January 4, 11, 25
Saturdays from 4 PM to 6 PM: January 6, 13, 20, 27

Thursdays from 5 PM to 7 PM: February 1
Saturdays from 4 PM to 6 PM: February 3, 10, 17

Thursdays from 5 PM to 7 PM: March 7
Saturdays from 4 PM to 6 PM: March 2, 9

untitled 2023 (sitcom ghost)

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Installation view, Rirkrit Tiravanija: JOUEZ/PLAY, 2023-2024, PHI Foundation. Untitled 2023 (sitcom ghost), 2023, augmented reality, dimensions variable. © PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, photo: Richard-Max Tremblay

The exhibition Rirkrit Tiravanija: JOUEZ/PLAY includes an augmented reality work called untitled 2023 (sitcom ghost).

untitled 2023 (sitcom ghost) is a new work in progress, focusing on the metaphysical nature of Tiravanija’s practice of generating imaginative realms. During peak hours, we might ask for your phone number at the reception desk at 465 Saint-Jean Street to notify you when you can experience the artwork. The artwork explores the complicated means of art production, investigating the tension between the artwork and the gallery space. Thank you for your patience, as untitled 2023 (sitcom ghost) entails technical glitches, interruptions, and unexpected delays. The experience may vary for every visitor.

  • Duration: The experience lasts about 20 minutes and is presented across the four floors of our building at 451 Saint-Jean Street. The building is equipped with an elevator for people with reduced mobility.

  • Compatible Devices: The work can be experienced using an Apple smartphone or an Apple tablet and headphones. You can either borrow our equipment on site in exchange for a valid piece of photo ID, or you can bring your own device.

  • App Download: The artwork is only available through the App Store. Android device owners will not be able to download the app. To access the work on your own device, you can download the “Sitcom Ghost” app on site using our Wi-Fi network (Fondation PHI Visiteur·euse) or ahead of time.

  • Waiting Time: There may be a waiting time to experience this work. You can either spend time in our galleries at 465 Saint-Jean Street or leave us your contact information so that we can notify you when we are able to welcome you in.

  • Assistance: A member of our team will assist you in the spaces. If you have any questions during your augmented reality experience, don’t hesitate to ask our staff.

  • Language: The artwork is available in English, with optional subtitles in English and French.

Education Program

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Group Visits

Rirkrit Tiravanija: JOUEZ/PLAY

Our educational programming is available for the exhibition JOUEZ/PLAY, and can be adapted to your situation and needs. These visits are tailored for elementary, high school, CEGEPs, university and community groups.

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Activity Kit

Rirkrit Tiravanija: JOUEZ/PLAY

This activity kit is addressed to children and youth, as well as the adults sharing their experience. It offers exploration of the artworks in the exhibition Rirkrit Tiravanija: JOUEZ/PLAY, as well as creative activities. It can be used as a family, in school or as a community group.

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Movements Series

Rirkrit Tiravanija: JOUEZ/PLAY

Through these essays and short videos, explore the following key concepts of the exhibition Rirkrit Tiravanija: JOUEZ/PLAY. This section will be updated throughout the duration of the exhibition.

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