on La Hütte Royal
Rice Gallery, Sewall Hall 309
German artist Thorsten Brinkmann will give a virtual tour using video and images of his permanent installation La Hütte Royal, a compound of German and French words meaning, "The Royal Hut."
Over the course two years, Brinkmann completely transformed the interior of an abandoned 1,900-square-foot, three-story home in Pittsburgh's Troy Hill neighborhood. Using found and discarded materials, such as vinyl records, furniture, trophies, as well as things of his own invention, like custom-designed wallpaper and casts of the artist's own fist in a faux boxing ring, Brinkmann turns the ordinary into an extraordinary "gesamtkunstwerk, where life and art melt into one," he describes.