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The Serpentine's Rirkrit Tiravanija show is the final proof that Duchamp's idea of the "readymade" is dead. Can't artists stop molesting ordinary objects?

By Ben Lewis   August 2005

The Serpentine gallery is London’s best gallery of contemporary art. It’s everything the ICA should be. Here the curating team put on ambitious and faultessly installed solo shows by the most important international contemporary artists. These artists may be truly great, merely interesting or even a bit thin. But they are always “important.”

Rirkrit Tiravanija, of Thai descent, who splits his time between New York, Berlin and Chiang Mai, is one such important artist. Within the definitions of art that we have today, he is producing extreme works. At the Serpentine, he has exhibited two reconstructions of the interior of…

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