Why Look at Art if You Can Eat It

Rirkrit Tiravanija's recent Israeli exhibition included catering for 500, served on iron 'Jewish agency beds.' In an interview the Thai-American artist discusses the sensation his early works stirred in New York and his decision to make ephemeral works.

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The recent visit by Thai-American artist Rirkrit Tiravanija to Israel was decidedly out of the ordinary. He visited the Museum of Pioneer Settlement at Kibbutz Yifat, in the Jezreel Valley. He asked to eat in...