Jana Euler and Slavs and Tatars

Jana Euler and Slavs and Tatars

Kunsthalle Zürich

August 30, 2014

Jana Euler: Where the energy comes from
Slavs and Tatars: Mirrors for Princes

30 August–9 November 2014

Opening: 29 August, 6–9 pm
Followed by the Löwenbräu summer party in the courtyard

Kunsthalle Zürich 
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8005 Zurich

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Jana Euler: Where the energy comes from
Kunsthalle Zürich presents the first comprehensive institutional solo show by Jana Euler (born in Friedberg, Germany in 1982, lives and works in Brussels). The exhibition is titled Where the energy comes from and comprises all new works created for this show. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue are organised in collaboration with the Bonner Kunstverein, where the presentation will be on show from December 6, 2014 to February 22, 2015.

Jana Euler’s work encompasses a variety of artistic media, aesthetic decisions and discursive practices. Her paintings, sculptures and texts explore the possibilities of digital and analogue images and respond to our contemporary conditions of experience with optical, cognitive and sensual models and vehicles of reflection. The real material and hyperreal states of objects and subjects carry equal weight in Euler’s works. Through their dynamic interplay in her works, figurative, abstract and surreal forms of representation shift our perception and the definition of reality and image. The figures in the artist’s paintings are simultaneously physis and bearers of wide-ranging social and cultural-historical relationships.

You can download the press release for the Jana Euler exhibition here.

Slavs and Tatars: Mirrors for Princes
After the presentation of their audio-piece Lektor from February to August in the future public library, Kunsthalle Zürich now opens an extensive solo exhibition of the artist group Slavs and Tatars. Focusing on the “area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China,” the artistic and discursive work of Slavs and Tatars engages transcultural as well as transdisciplinary questions of history, politics, religion, and language. Language and its conditions of translation, enactment, and resonance provided the starting point for Lektor‘s inquiry into the medieval genre called Mirrors for Princes. This kind of epic advice literature for rulers also serves as the title for the exhibition. The works on show perform a particular translation of literary tropes as well as vernacular objects, such as religious furniture or cosmetic tools, into art works that create new semantic relations within the realm of art. They further the investigation of speech and sovereignty, initiated by Lektor‘s selection of verses performed in different languages over the last few months (together with an intensive programme of screening-performances and talks), towards a broader spectrum of aesthetic experiences to contemplate and re-enact. 

You can download the press release for the Slavs and Tatars exhibition here.

Press information for the exhibitions: Friday, 29 August, 10am
We would be happy to provide additional information and press images:
T +41 (0) 44 272 15 15 or email: presse [​at​] kunsthallezurich.ch

Theory & programmes
The exhibition of Jana Euler opens the series of public programmes titled “Making of – Painting,” which will be continued within the next exhibitions, and inquire after the potential of painting for artistic production and aesthetical reflection in times of a peculiar clash of virtual realties and material conditions.

Friday, 26 September, 6pm: Q&A – Artist talks, questions, answers:
Lecture by Jana Euler, followed by a conversation with Kerstin Stakemeier

Saturday, 25 October, 4pm: A&Q – Answers, questions, artist talks:
Lecture by Kerstin Stakemeier, followed by a conversation with Jana Euler

Guided tours: 
Sundays, 2pm: 14 September, 12 October, 9 November
Thursdays, 6:30pm: 4 September, 2 October, 30 October
Wednesdays, 12:30pm: 17 September, 15 October, 5 November

We welcome special requests for group visits and guided tours. All free entry. 
For further information please contact our website.

Kunsthalle Zürich receives generous funding from Stadt Zürich Kultur; Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur; Zürcher Kantonalbank – Partner of Kunsthalle Zürich; LUMA Foundation 

Generous funding for the Jana Euler exhibition is provided by ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen


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