The Things You Will See at Adel Abdessemed’s New Show at David Zwirner

Tonight David Zwirner gallery opens an exhibition titled “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf” by Adel Abdessemed, its second solo show with the Algerian-born artist. Here’s a list of things we saw at the packed press preview this morning:

  • A 12-foot by 26-foot semi-flattened collection of taxidermy pigs, wolves, foxes, rabbits and probably a few other mammals that takes up an entire wall, is the exact dimensions of Guernica and smells faintly of what we were told is cedar oil.
  • Four crucified Jesus Christ statues made of razor wire and mounted on the wall.
  • A boat packed with black plastic garbage bags.
  • A larger-than-life sculpture of Zinedine Zidane head-butting Marco Materazzi.
  • A room filled with charcoal drawings of animals with dynamite strapped to them.
  • A forest of giant glass microphones.
  • A video of a baboon (a “magnificent animal, who is super,” according to the artist) clacking magnetic letters on the wall that spell out HUTU and then TUTSI.
  • The line for the Doug Wheeler show next door (not part of the show, but this was at 10 a.m.!)

A must-see if you have even a passing interest in post-colonialism, or cedar oil.