Swiss Institute

Robert Barry

10 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2120

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PROTECTED: SI ONSITE: ROBERT BARRY, URANYL NITRATE (UO2(NO3)2), 1969
10 August 2020 - 31 December 2120

In June 2019, artist Robert Barry released a small capsule of uranyl nitrate on the roof of Swiss Institute. The capsule will continue to emit trace levels of radioactivity from the roof of SI for 4.5 Billion years, the compound’s half-life. The work was first activated in 1969 at Kunsthalle Basel, when Barry was invited by Harald Szeemann to participate in the seminal exhibition When Attitudes Become Form. As Barry could not travel to Switzerland for the original installation, he requested that Szeemann install the capsule in his stead.