Long-term Installations

Pipilotti Rist: Selbstlos im Lavabad (Selfless in the Bath of Lava)


Selbstlos im Lavabad is comprised of a small video embedded in a hole on the floor. In the video, the artist swims nude in an incandescent lava bath and cries out “I am a worm and you are a flower!” This video was first exhibited in Basel, Switzerland in 1994. In a later exhibition in Zürich, Switzerland, the video was placed at the foot of a Madonna and Child sculpture emphasizing the religious notion of damnation as suggested by the video.

Selbstlos im Lavabad is located in the Lobby floorboards.

  • Pipilotti Rist. Selbstlos im Lavabad (Selfless in the Bath of Lava). 1994. Photo: Martin Seck. Courtesy MoMA PS1.

Long-term Installations

Long-term installations can be seen all year-round at MoMA PS1. Works by an impressive roster of artists, such as James Turrell, Pipilloti Rist and William Kentridge, are on view throughout the building. These site-specific installations range in scale and medium; some are obvious to the eye, while others are so ingrained in the environment, the act of discovery becomes part of the process. Since MoMA PS1 is the largest non-collecting contemporary art institution in the world, these works belong to the artists.