April 10, 2016 - MAN Museo d'arte della Provincia di Nuoro - Roman Signer: Films and Installations
April 10, 2016

MAN Museo d'arte della Provincia di Nuoro

Roman Signer, Stromboli 1992 (film still). Super 8. Image: Stefan Rohner.

Roman Signer
Films and Installations
April 22–July 3, 2016

Public artist talk: April 22, 5:30–7pm
Opening: April 22, 7pm

MAN Museo d'arte della Provincia di Nuoro
Via Sebastiano Satta, 27
08100 Nuoro NU
Italy

T +39 0784 252110

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Roman Signer
Films and Installations
April 22–July 3, 2016

Public artist talk: April 22, 5:30–7pm
Opening: April 22, 7pm

MAN Museo d'arte della Provincia di Nuoro
Via Sebastiano Satta, 27
08100 Nuoro NU
Italy

T +39 0784 252110

www.museoman.it
Facebook / Instagram

The MAN Museum is pleased to announce the forthcoming opening of the exhibition Roman Signer. Films and Installations, curated by Lorenzo Giusti and Li Zhenhua. 

With a treasure of more than 200 films and a series of new installations created for this occasion, the project at MAN Museum will be the first solo exhibition of Roman Signer in an Italian museum.

Signer began his career as an artist in the second half of the 1960s, after working as an architect’s draftsman, an apprentice radio engineer and, for a short time, as a technician in a pressure cooker factory. Known for having defined a new concept of sculpture linked to process, transformation and movement, Signer created installations as actions, experiments, almost always solitary, for which he employed objects of everyday use (umbrellas, tables, boots, containers, hats, bicycles) activated by gunpowder or natural forces such as wind and water. These were processes mostly of explosions and collisions, visually and emotionally intriguing, which interpreted the empirical approach as an artistic challenge.

The MAN exhibition will be divided into two sections. The first, the result of cooperation with the Chronos Art Center of Shanghai, presents the artist's entire production of Super 8 films, a collection of 205 works covering from 1975 to 1989, the year in which Signer abandoned film and turned to other media. It is presented in a fascinating 100-channel video installation created in China and proposed here in a new, enhanced and further developed version. The video footage was shot in his San Gallo "workshop" or in natural settings, mostly in Weissbad (Canton Appenzell).

The second part of the project presents three new sculptural works created for the MAN exhibition, as always connoted by a subtle irony. Of these works, Ombrelli (2016) is a site-specific installation for the museum's staircase, a bizarre arrangement of umbrellas held together in an unstable equilibrium. Installazione (2016) is a sculpture that fills an entire room of the museum, a surreal itinerary that meditates on perception of the self and one's body, in which the observer becomes the object observed. The itinerary comes to an end with Occhiali (2016), where the light radiated by a Super 8 projector is altered by eye glasses. The sculpture is an unusual object, which seems to give an ironic view of the artist's production, on the border between sculpture and video, stillness and movement, action and vision.

The exhibition will be completed with a catalogue containing texts by Lorenzo Giusti, Li Zhenhua, Barbara Casavecchia and Rachel Withers. Besides the documentation of his new works, the catalogue will also come with a DVD presenting a collection of Signer's activities in Italy, starting from the early 1990s, in places such as Civitella d’Agliano, Stromboli, the Maremma region, and also Venice at the time of the 1999 Biennial.

Public talk: April 22, 5:30–7pm, Roman Signer in conversation with Lorenzo Giusti and Li Zhenhua 


Roman Signer (Appenzell, Switzerland 1938) has participated in the most important international artistic exhibitions, such as Documenta in Kassel (1987), the Skulptur Projekte of Münster (1997) and the Shanghai Biennial (2012). In 1999, he represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennial. Recent personal exhibitions include: Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, the Netherlands (2000); Camden Arts Centre in London (2001); OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst in Linz, Austria (2005); Aargauer Kunsthaus in Aarau, Switzerland (2006); Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (2007); Swiss Institute in New York (2010); Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros in Mexico City (2011); Hangar à Bananes in Nantes and Kunsthalle of Mainz, Germany (2012); Kunstmuseum in Saint Gallen, Switzerland (2014); the Barbican Centre in London; and Kunsthus Zug and Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris (2015). In China, Roman Signer’s work was recently presented at the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing (2014), the GAFA Art Museum in Guangzhou and OCT in Shenzhen (2015).

Roman Signer. Films and Installations is a project of the MAN Museum, curated by Lorenzo Giusti and Li Zhenhua, in cooperation with the CAC-Chronos Art Center of Shanghai, with the technical partnership of the WTI International Co. Limited, the support of Pro Helvetia and the contribution of the Sardinian Region, the Province of Nuoro and the Fondazione di Sardegna.

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