Tomás Saraceno: Entangled Orbits

From October 1, 2017 — June 10, 2018

Opening Celebraton - October 1, noon to 4 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed artist and trained architect Tomás Saraceno (b. 1973, Argentina) is creating a breathtaking site-specific work commissioned by the BMA for its East Lobby. Suspended in the air two stories high, the new sculpture, which also lends its name to an expanded exhibition of Saraceno’s work in the Museum, is comprised of clusters of iridescent-paneled modules held in place by a net of strings reminiscent of a spider web. Appearing somewhat like bubbles, these spherical modules evoke the artist’s visionary plans for “cloud cities,” which look to naturally occurring forms for inspiration and might provide environments for future human habitation. Similarly, the intricate spider web of ropes refers to a natural structure that encompasses the qualities of strength, beauty, and flexibility.

Immersive installations by Saraceno in the BMA’s European Art galleries (on view through April 29, 2018) further demonstrate the artist's interest in the structures of the natural world—clouds, bubbles, and spider web—that could model the architecture of the future. These arresting and imaginative installations include:

  • An elaborate spider web (built by several types of spiders) encased in a suspended vitrine and dramatically lit within an entirely darkened space
  • Hovering abstract sculptures that evoke planetary systems and early 20th-century modernist designs
  • Iridescent inflatables suspended from above and filling an entire gallery

This exhibition is curated by Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman.

  • Tomás Saraceno. Hybrid Dark solitary solitary solitary semi-social semi-social Cluster NGC 6405 built by: a solo Argiope anasuja - one week, a solo Argiope anasuja - one week, a solo Cyrtophora citricola - 2 weeks, and a solo Cyrtophora citricola - three weeks, 2017. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017
  • Tomás Saraceno. Many suns and worlds. 2016. Solo exhibition at The Vanhaerents Art Collection. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. © Photography by The Vanhaerents Art Collection, 2017
  • Tomás Saraceno. Many suns and worlds. 2016. Solo exhibition at The Vanhaerents Art Collection. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. © Photography by The Vanhaerents Art Collection, 2017

Tomás Saraceno. Many suns and worlds. 2016. Solo exhibition at The Vanhaerents Art Collection. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. © Photography by The Vanhaerents Art Collection, 2017