Bettina Pousttchi

Bettina Pousttchi

Metropolitan Life

A Manhattan landmark at the center of a new installation by the acclaimed German-Iranian artist



Title Information

Edited by Antonella Camarda. With an essay by Greg Foster-Rice and a conversation with the artist by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Markus Miessen

1st edition

, 2018

Text in English and Italian


112 pages, 24 color and 8 b/w illustrations

16 x 22 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-826-3

In cooperation with Museo Nivola, Orani, Sardinia


Since the late 2000s, German-Iranian artist Bettina Pousttchi has been creating works at the intersection of sculpture, architecture, and photography. Her large-scale installations investigate the history and memory of places, exploring the connections between time and space from a transnational perspective, and have gained her international recognition and praise.

This book features Pousttchi’s new photographic installation at Nivola Museum in Orani on the Italian island of Sardinia. She chose the Metropolitan Life Building on 1 Madison Avenue in Manhattan as her subject for this piece. Criticized for its blatant Italian references at the time of its completion in 1909—and the world’s tallest structure until 1913—the building displays a hybrid identity, recalling cultural and temporal-spatial dislocations between the Old and the New World, Renaissance and Modernism.

Published alongside the images of Metropolitan Life and other works by Pousttchi are an essay by art historian Greg Foster-Rice and a conversation between the artist, critic, and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and architect and writer Markus Miessen.

Authors & Editors

Antonella Camarda

is a postdoc fellow for contemporary art history at the University of Sassari, Italy, and director of Nivola Museum in Orani, Sardinia.

Markus Miessen

 is an architect and writer and founder of Berlin-based firm Studio Miessen. He also teaches as a professor of design at HDK Academy of Design, University of Gothenburg.

Hans Ulrich Obrist

, born 1968, is Artistic Director of London's Serpentine Gallery and a freelance curator. He has before been a curator at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Museum in Progress, Vienna.