Allora & Calzadilla, Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy, No.3 (2008). Exhibition view: Allora & Calzadilla, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona (6 February–20 May 2018). Courtesy Fundació Antoni Tàpies. Photo: Roberto Ruiz.
A piercing whistle punctuates the blaring of a trumpet. But in the columned central space of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, the only visible instrument is a grand piano. For three days a week throughout the course of the exhibition, the instrument is played—and, one could say, worn—by a pianist who stands in a hole cut into its center. Leaning over the rim of the piano to strike the keys, the performer energetically interprets the fourth movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (1824), while slowly pushing the wheeled instrument around the space.