NARRATOR: This image of spotted red mushrooms floating in a vast grey sea replicates the mood of Thek’s installations and exhibitions, which were both quiet and humorous. Elisabeth Sussman explains how the curators have sought to evoke the same mood here at the Whitney:

ELISABETH SUSSMAN: What we've tried to do is create the feeling of contemplation and of mystery that we feel was a component of these installations and to somehow have a kind of informality about the gallery and a kind of an ad hoc arrangement of objects, which is something that Thek preferred as a way of showing his work. So we've tried to capture some of the qualities without reproducing the actual event, which we think would have been impossible.


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