27th May 2006
Millennium Bridge, London SE1 9JE
Joan Miró procession
Ok, so the Millennium Bridge isn’t the sort of place for a quiet peaceful stroll across the river at the best of times (…and let’s not spoil the mood with any mention of the hideous vanity project planned just upstream of here), even so it’s not every day a cacophonous entourage of grotesque characters make their noisy way to Tate Modern for a bit of a to-do in the Turbine Hall (well not as grotesque as these ones, anyway).
These folk are from Teatre de la Claca and they’re performing Merma Never Dies (a ‘re-visiting’ of Mori el Merma – a collaborative surrealist performance piece first created by Joan Miró and Joan Baixas in 1978.
This was all a part of UBS Openings: The Long Weekend – a wild Bank Holiday weekend of fun at Tate Modern, and was quite a rare presentation of the work, although Baixas discussed the process recently Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and the Alicante Museum had an exhibition last year. Yes, and that is BBC head arty honcho Will Gompertz in a previous existence.
Meanwhile, this picture would have been in the exhibition, if only I’d taken it on a different day…