The Art Bin is an artwork by the British artist, Michael Landy. This work, which is 7 meters tall and 7.8 meters wide and shaped like an oversized bin, will be installed in the grand gallery of Yokohama Museum of Art during Yokohama Triennale 2014.
Anybody who has artworks that have failed to succeed or have not had the opportunity to be exhibited in public, or any other artworks that need to be thrown away can bring them and throw them into the bin.
Objects that are exhibited in art museums and galleries are identified as “artworks.” They are destined to shape the canon and discourse of art history. However, objects that have failed to be exhibited or have been destroyed for a reason are forgotten from history, as if they had never existed.
Michael Landy’s Art Bin is a bin that contains ‘forgotten art history,’ and a ‘container of oblivion.’
Masterpieces are not the only artworks that create the world of art. Objects of art that have failed to be exhibited, failed to be completed, failed to be kept in the studio, along with all the trials-and-errors that have occurred during the process of their production all partake in the process of producing a masterpiece. It does not matter whether the artist is famous or not, nor whether the artwork is successful or not. All the human endeavors for expression contribute to laying the cornerstone of art. Your piece of artwork, which you may think is a failure, is not an exception.
The Art Bin project needs participants like you.
Professionals, students, amateurs, and others who are interested in art and who has artworks in their possession... Individuals, school groups, a group of colleagues from a workplace who have artworks to throw into the bin... We welcome participation from all walks of life.
We are waiting for you to participate in the Art Bin！