biennale pick#5: Welcome to the Hotel Munber by Simon Fujiwara

Welcome to the Hotel Munber is an ongoing installation by Berlin-based Japanese-British artist, Simon Fujiawara. The installation takes the form of a Spanish Bar, typically found in the 1970s during the Franco dictatorship.

Fujiwara represented stories which he used to hear from his parents in a fictional approach. He constructed these narrative by “fabricating evidence, misreading images, and exaggerating facts”[1].

Fujiwara then creates an erotic story out of his installation. Injected by various homosexual content, the installation includes collages, readymades sculptures and symbolistic objects like sausages, horns, eggs, etc.

About two weeks after the opening of the biennale, Fujiwara was censored. Some objects were removed from his installation such as “nude magazine images and chapters of erotic fiction about masturbating into Spanish omelettes”[2]. Who and why behind the censorship is currently unknown.

One of the heavily connoted piece with sexual imagery, Welcome to the Hotel Munber is currently on the verge of being removed according to the artist’s preference if the missing objects are not replaced[2]. The work has gone beyond its original narrative but has taken its position into the local scene.

More information regarding the issue here.

Do check out the work before it may disappear at Singapore Art Museum.

[1] Singapore Biennale 2011 Open House Short Guide, page 18
[2] Simon Fujiwara: Censored at the Singapore Biennale 2011, Ng Yi Sheng, 25 March 2011, fridae.com. Full article here.

UPDATE; 1 April 2011, Friday

Welcome to Hotel Munber is “temporary closed”. We hope that it will be up again soon, without censorship.

And if you have missed the work, you can check it out here together with an short video regarding the piece by Fujiwara himself.

UPDATE; 14 May 2011, Saturday

SAM has just released an official statement of the permanent closure of Fujiwara’s installation, one day before the biennale ends. More about it here.

2 responses to “biennale pick#5: Welcome to the Hotel Munber by Simon Fujiwara

  1. Pingback: Singapore Biennale 2011; OPEN HOUSE | rainbowartsproject – documenting LGBT art

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