Exhibition view: Tobias Rehberger, If you Don't Use Your Eyes To See You Will Use Them To Cry, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (23 March–26 May 2019).
Have a butchers. It's Cockney Rhyming slang: 'butcher's hook' = have a look. Hung on RAM's façade is a neon sign melding the Chinese and English words for butcher. Inside is the butchery, a tiled black and white jagged-stripy Delicatessen counter with a generous array of cold cuts and jellied offal (Blackbird's Rockbund Art Museum Butcher Shop, 2019, metal, paint, neon tubes, LED acrylic, and control system). Pig's heads ogle me. What do they want? Are they threatening or offering? I can't decide, can't refuse. 'To butcher' also means to massacre. In 2009 Tobias Rehberger was awarded the Golden Lion as best artist in the 'Making Worlds' exhibition at the 53rd Venice Biennale. He had a bar there. In Czechia, before the Christmas feast you are meant to starve yourself. If really you're famished, it is said you will see a golden pig and this is a sign of luck. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the year of the golden pig, which is particularly auspicious, particularly lucky. Because you eat what you kill. And you kill what you paint.