Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris – The Ghost Train – Sturtevant
The House of Horrors, created as part of Sturtevant’s solo exhibition “The Razzle Dazzle of Thinking” in 2010 at the RCAF, is the last major installation of the artist who died in 2014. This donation made by the artist complements the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, today rich in more than 10,000 works.
Simulating the horror of a ghostly fairground train, allusions to Divine, John Waters’ favorite actress or artist Paul McCarthy mingle with the traditional scenes of bats, skeletons and Frankenstein that punctuate the journey of the spectator. The House of Horrors unabashedly explores the excesses of our contemporary era dominated by spectacle, violence and anti-intellectualism. The installation of the life-size ghost train is therefore only a pure entertainment. Sturtevant accompanies visitors in a series of experiences of fear connected to each other in a fun way.