miklos kiss smuggles 14 carat golden roaches into famous museums
 
miklos kiss smuggles 14 carat golden roaches into famous museums  miklos kiss smuggles 14 carat golden roaches into famous museums
apr 17, 2014

miklos kiss smuggles 14 carat golden roaches into famous museums

miklos kiss smuggles 14 carat golden roaches into famous museums 
all images courtesy of miklos kiss

 

 

 

smuggled into international temples of art — from the tate modern in london to paris’ pompidou center — the golden roach project by budapest-based artist miklós kiss engages exhibition-goers first-hand in a guerilla art movement. kiss has secretly brought thousands of gold-hued bugs — made from handmade injection molded plastic — into museums around the world, naturally placing them as if they belong in the space and making them part of current exhibition. matching souvenirs placed on postcards, brooches, stickers and badges have been placed in gallery shops. during their stay in the exhibition space, visitors had the opportunity to collect one ‘goldenroach’ and bring it home with them, and the participation offered a surprising twist. a lucky individual would receive a real, 14 carat gold piece mixed in the mass of metallic critters.

miklos kiss smuggles 14 carat golden roaches into famous museums
golden roaches peek out from under the wall in an exhibition space

 

 

the motif of the roach is not a random choice, and has multiple symbolic values. kiss describes, ‘the roach is one of the most disgusting insects, which is capable of getting inside anything, and also earned a doubled fame in public awareness by its imperishability. people treat the roach as a synonym for disgust because of the common repugnance it causes, but at the same time, as an insect which is capable of adapting the most extreme situations, it is a symbol of survival’

miklos kiss smuggles 14 carat golden roaches into famous museums
a close detail of a 14 carat golden roaches

miklos kiss smuggles 14 carat golden roaches into famous museums
visitors are able to take one of the mass arrangements home with them

miklos kiss smuggles 14 carat golden roaches into famous museums
one of the bugs is made of real gold, while the others are false

kissmiklos-smuggles-goldenroach-project-into-famous-museums-designboom-06
set in the exhibition space

miklos kiss smuggles 14 carat golden roaches into famous museums
the exhibition eventually has become a legal one, where visitors line up to view the spectacle

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    501,538 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample