3-in-1 at Museum Haus Konstruktiv
FINAL DAYS! Until 15.01.2017
If all you can think when someone says “light art” is Dan Flavin, then think again. Swiss artist Christian Herdeg (b. 1942 in Zurich, lives and works in Zurich) is considered as one of the pioneers of light art. Educated as a professional photographer, cinematographer and lighting technician, Herdeg concentrates since 1971 (date of his return in Europe after his residency in Canada and USA) on the medium of artificial light. This retrospective solo show presents important milestones in his work from 1970 to the present day. A must-see for Minimal Art lovers.
German artist Bernd Ribbeck (b. 1974 in Cologne, lives and works in Berlin) lands for the first time in Zurich and Haus Konstruktiv is the first Swiss institution to present his work. Ribbeck’s small-scale paintings on wood are characterised by a linear geometric structure and a permeating radiant colorfulness. Using non-traditional materials like ballpoint pens and markers, as well as acrylic paint and varnish, “Ribbeck combines the geometric hard-edge Modernist tradition with expressive mark making and subtractive processes like sanding, scraping, and staining.” (1) This exhibition brings together a selection of small-format panels over the last thirteen years and is realized in cooperation with the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen am Rhein.
Museum Haus Konstruktiv and Zurich Insurance Group elected Iranian artist Nairy Baghramian (b. 1971 in Isfahan, lives and works in Berlin) this year’s winner of “Zurich Art Prize”. No wonder she is represented by the likes of Marian Goodman. The prize money was put to use in this exhibition, especially conceived for the museum.
It was during last Venice Biennale in 2015 that I came across Baghramian’s work, so painfully infused with orthodontic tension and reference. Her practice draws on the legacy of post-minimal art to investigate the conventions and expectations that commonly surround public sculpture. In this new addition (supplements) to his existing work “Scruff of the Neck”, recently presented at Marian Goodman Gallery in London (June-July 2016), the Iranian-born, Berlin-based sculptor “let visitors play a central role in her fundamental questioning of common institutional methods of presentation and predefined ways of reading. Her unique placement of works, associative references, and contextual shifts point beholders in certain directions without giving them easily readable answers.” (2) The title refers to the saying “to grab someone by the scruff of the neck”, which implies temporarily taking control over someone else.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Museum Haus Konstruktiv is the leading institution for constructivist, concrete, and conceptual art in Switzerland.
Tue / Thu–Sun 11 am to 5 pm
Wed 11 am to 8 pm
Museum Haus Konstruktiv
Selnaustrasse 25, 8001 Zurich
Phone: +41 (0)44 217 70 80
The Museum is accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs.
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