June 7, 2010 - Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst - Two exhibitions
June 7, 2010

Two exhibitions

Katharina Sieverding, Transformer, 1973-74
Mariana Castillo Deball, Do ut des, 2009

Two exhibitions

Collection:
Spartacus Chetwynd
Gustav Metzger
Katharina Sieverding

13 June – 1 August 2010

Ars Viva 09/10 – Geschichte / History:
Mariana Castillo Deball
Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda
Dani Gal

13 June – 1 August 2010

Limmatstrasse 270
8005 Zürich
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COLLECTION:
SPARTACUS CHETWYND
GUSTAV METZGER
KATHARINA SIEVERDING

13th June – 1st August 2010

Opening: Saturday, 12th June 2010, 6pm

This collection presentation emphasizes on its space-filling, performative installations. Purchasing for the collection has resulted largely from exhibition productions, or working with the artist. In this way it has been possible to acquire various large installative works. For the performance of The Fall of Man, A Puppet Extravaganza, first shown at the Tate Triennial in 2006, Spartacus Chetwynd (*1973 London) constructed a complex stage installation. Chetwynd not only reconstructs and deconstructs elements of theatrical history, but takes the virtual representation of power and culture as her theme. Gustav Metzger’s (*1926 Nurenberg) Liquid Crystal Environment (1965–1998) was premièred at a rock concert by The Who at the Round House in London in 1966. His kaleidoscopic liquid crystal structures provided a psychedelic stage set. Metzger developed his idea of “Auto-Destructive Art” in the 1960s atmosphere of social upheaval and later extended it by adding the dimension of auto-creative art, of which Liquid Crystals is an example. Katharina Sieverding’s (*1945 Prague) work Transformer (1973–74) circles around the complex and multi-layered question of individual identity and its relation to existing social structures. As in many of her works, the artist’s self-reflecting gaze at her own physiognomy is the point of departure for an artistic interpretation of prevailing social conditions.

ARS VIVA 09/10 – GESCHICHTE / HISTORY: MARIANA CASTILLO DEBALL
JAY CHUNG & Q TAKEKI MAEDA
DANI GAL

13th June – 1st August 2010

Opening: Saturday, 12th June 2010, 6pm

In a time of increasing media dominance, where we are exposed daily to ever greater amounts of data, and our sense of time is steered seasonally and by the speed of the fashion and design industries (amongst others), even the most up-to-date things rapidly become outmoded. In this context, the preoccupation with history appears to offer a possibility to pause and slow down. This year the renowned ars viva exhibition, organised by the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, awarded prizes to Mariana Castillo Deball, Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda and Dani Gal, artists who have converged anew on the term “history”, accommodating societal developments not purely attributed to confusing and increasingly rapid forums of communication. Castillo Deball, Chung & Maeda, and Gal examine historical fragments, documents, and objects under a new light. The artists take on the roles of amateur archaeologists as they work with found objects and fragments; even though it is clear that all four prizewinning display an obvious interest in historical objects, not one of them actually provides any sort of conclusion about history as a whole. Rather, they play an associative game, which formally resembles Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas, while reflecting upon personal encounters with objects and places.

Curator of the exhibitions: Heike Munder

PRESS: for visual material and more information please contact: presse@migrosmuseum.ch

OPENING HOURS: Tues / Wed / Fri Midday–6pm, Thurs Midday–8pm, Sat / Sun 11am–5pm. On Thursdays between 5pm and 8pm entrance to the museum is free.

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