Containing over a dozen sculptures and installations, the exhibition by Dennis Oppenheim
(1938–2011) complemented the presentation of his works from the museum’s holdings. In the late 1960s Oppenheim made earthworks, before gradually focusing on his own body in the 1970s. Whatever his field of focus, Oppenheim’s work relies on the ideas of transformation and process. In the 1980s he became interested in sculpture in public places. In 1981 he offered a work to be installed in a Geneva park. While the project never materialized, this exhibition showed the model—an explosive barrel organ with firecrackers whose belts were made of sandpaper. For Oppenheim, the world of machines, technology, and industrial logic could be compared to the mechanisms of thought. This analogy helps explain looped and interwoven tubes in Long Distance Angen Rubben (1992), which form anthropomorphic shapes connected by battery clamps.