WOLFGANG LAIB’S POLLEN FROM HAZELNUT
(Wolfgang Laib sifting hazelnut pollen, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1992.)
In early 2013 (MoMA January 23–March 11, 2013), Wolfgang Laib’s Pollen from Hazelnut will inhabit the Museum’s Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, infusing the space with a yellow luminosity. Laib perceives the Marron Atrium as the Museum’s inner sanctum, its womb, and has created this work especially for the site. It will be the artist’s largest pollen installation to date, measuring approximately 18 x 21 feet. The hazelnut pollen that will be used in MoMA’s installation has been collected by Laib from the natural environment around his home and studio, in a small village in southern Germany, since the mid-1990s.