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Bass Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
The Nightwatch, 2004
2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139


June 27th, 2009 - September 19th, 2009
 
The Nightwatch, 2002, Francis AlÿsFrancis Alÿs, The Nightwatch, 2002,
Single channel color video, 17 minutes
© Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York
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Mexican based artist, Francis Alÿs (b. 1959, Antwerp, Belgium), investigates a sense of desolation in his video The Nightwatch (2004), which takes place in the famed National Portrait Gallery in London. The subject matter of the film is a fox exploring the Tudor and Georgian rooms while being filmed from the high viewpoint of the museum's state-of-the-art security cameras. The animal scampers from room to room appearing confused and out of context as the cameras capture its every move.

The Nightwatch was created as part of a five-year project called Seven Walks, which delves into the everyday rituals and habits of the city and was organized by the London-based organization Artangel.


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