Buying the Museum

by DiPisaStasinski, 2010

Textbased work

Based on probes in propaganda, PR and Soft Power as vehicles of expression, the project explored the capitalist dynamic that would re-empower the role of the artists within the financial art system.

On behalf of, initiated by Katja Aglert and Janna Holmstedt, Alessandra Di Pisa was asked to participate in a newly produced work of art. Di Pisa, in turn, gave the curator and art critic Robert Stasinski the

commission to write a text about a (possibly non-existent) work of art, made by Di Pisa.

In describing a a hostile artistic takeover at the Migros Museum in Switzerland, based on the socio-economic rules of the artworld -  both explicit and tacit - the work alludes to the tradition of institutional criticism, where the artist acts as a kind of infiltrator of existing organs of power in the art world.

The process of creating Buying the Museum became the starting point for Di Pisa's och Stasinski's joint collaborative artistic practice as DiPisaStasinski.