Exhibition programme 2023

Exhibition programme 2023

Kunstmuseum and Kunsthalle Appenzell

Alice Channer, Mechanoreceptor, Icicles (red, red) (triple spring, triple strip), 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Konrad Fischer Galerie. Photo: Lewis Ronald.

January 4, 2023
Exhibition programme 2023
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Kunstmuseum / Kunsthalle Appenzell, Switzerland, announce their programme for 2023, including solo exhibitions by Alice Channer, Francisco Sierra and Zora Berweger as well as projects in cooperation with the Fondazione Marguerite Arp (Locarno), including works by Hans Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Max Bill and with the Foundation Vordemberge-Gildewart, for whose 2023 Art Award the twelve emerging artists Alfredo Aceto, Natacha Donzé, Marc Norbert Hörler, Maya Hottarek, Jeanne Jacob, Roman Selim Khereddine, Robin Mettler, Martina Morger, Anina Müller, Tina Omayemi Reden, Nina Rieben and Yanik Soland have been nominated.

Vordemberge-Gildewart Award 2023
12 Rooms

March 19–June 11 2023
Opening: March 18, 5pm
Kunstmuseum Appenzell

The annual scholarship competition of the Foundation Vordemberge-Gildewart for artists under the age of 35 has been held in various European countries since 1983. The winning artist of the CHF 60,000 working grant will be selected by an independent international jury on the basis of a group exhibition that the Foundation is organising this year together with the Kunstmuseum Appenzell. Twelve artists who are active in Switzerland have been nominated for the group exhibition:

Alfredo Aceto (1991, Turin, Italy, lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland), Natacha Donzé (1991, Boudevilliers, France, lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland), Marc Norbert Hörler (1989, Appenzell, Switzerland, lives and works in Berlin, Germany), Maya Hottarek (1990, Chironico, Switzerland, lives and works between Italy and Switzerland), Jeanne Jacob (1994, Neuchâtel, lives and works in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland), Roman Selim Khereddine (1989, Zürich, Switzerland), Robin Mettler (1993, Cormoret, Switzerland, lives and works in Bern, Switzerland), Martina Morger (1989, Vaduz, Liechtenstein / Appenzell, Switzerland, lives and works in Balzers, Liechtenstein and Hanover, Germany), Anina Müller (1997, St. Gallen / Appenzell, Switzerland, lives and works in Basel, Switzerland), Tina Omayemi Reden (1991, Zürich, Switzerland), Nina Rieben (1992, Bern, Switzerland, lives and works in Basel, Switzerland), Yanik Soland (1990, Basel, Switzerland).

Francisco Sierra: Corniche
March 19–June 11, 2023
Opening: March 18, 5pm
Kunsthalle Appenzell 

Francisco Sierra’s (1977, Santiago de Chile, Chile, lives and works in Cotterd, Switzerland) artistic medium is painting, alongside drawings, objects and installations. His work is characterised by great independence and virtuosity of craftsmanship, but also by poetry, wit and ambiguity. He questions figurative painting by subverting the reality of the objective, whether with humour, surreal or grotesque investigations, or the transformative potential of painting itself. Sierra repeatedly ventures on a tightrope walk between hyper-realistic and fantastic pictorial worlds and dissolves the fine and also problematic dividing line between art and decoration. His motifs range from still lifes of crockery, food or musical instruments to animal portraits or erotic absurdities. He often paints from models, some of which he has made himself or from his children’s pottery, and lends banal subjects a meaningful presence through the technically masterful realisation and the choice of large-format canvases.

Alice Channer: Heavy Metals / Silk Cut
July 2–October 8, 2023
Opening: July 1, 5pm
Kunstmuseum / Kunsthalle Appenzell 

Alice Channer (1977, Oxford, UK, lives and works in London) explores relationships between materials, bodies, machines and industrial or technological processes in her sculptures. With relish, she combines her highly industrialised objects with human gesture or with natural traces such as physical or geological remains. The exhibition is divided into two thematic yet closely linked parts: The Kunstmuseum exhibition, titled Heavy Metals, will feature works combining artificial geology, industry, materiality, gravity and anti-gravity. At Kunsthalle, the exhibition, titled Silk Cut, will focus on the lethal and seductive intersection of fashion, glamour and violence.

The exhibition will combine newly commissioned work, including an architectural intervention, with a survey of sculpture, drawing and installation from the last decade and will be accompanied by a monographic catalogue, with an essay by Rosanna McLaughlin, a specially commissioned experimental text by Daisy Hildyard, and an interview by Stefanie Gschwend.

Arp / Taeuber-Arp / Bill

October 29, 2023–February 25, 2024
Kunstmuseum Appenzell

In cooperation with the Fondazione Marguerite Arp, Locarno, an exhibition is being created that illuminates the role and involvement of Hans Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Max Bill in important artist groups and magazines such as Abstraction-Création, Allianz and plastique-plastic in the 1930s and 1940s. In a crisis-shattered phase of the struggle for avant-garde art, collective forms of communication, forward-looking ideas and works of art emerged.

Curated by Simona Martinoli and Stefanie Gschwend.

Zora Berweger
October 29, 2023–February 25, 2024
Kunstmuseum Appenzell

The installations of Zora Berweger (1981, Bern, Switzerland, lives and works in Leipzig, Germany) arise as a response to space and place objects in relation to the human body. With painting, drawing, objects and sculpture, she explores the exhibition venue like a pictorial space; plays with scale, constellations or displacements and relates the different media. Being interested in how spaces work, the artist lets her creative process be guided by the immediacy of the appearances of forms and geometric structures. The peculiarities of bodies, surfaces and materiality merge in her works with the perception of light and colour and thereby acquire an altered presence.

Director/curator: Stefanie Gschwend
Comunications: Claudia Reeb, creeb [​at​] kunstmuseumappenzell.ch 
Education: Anna Beck-Wörner
Events: Ursula Schmid, uschmid [​at​] kunsthalleappenzell.ch

Kunstmuseum Appenzell
Unterrainstrasse 5
9050 Appenzell
T +41 71 788 18 00
info [​at​] kunstmuseumappenzell.ch

Kunsthalle Appenzell
Ziegeleistrasse 14
9050 Appenzell
T +41 71 788 18 60
info [​at​] kunsthalleappenzell.ch

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