Concrete Contemporary
February 7 – May 5, 2019

SUPERFLEX, Copy Right (White version), 2006. Courtesy der Künstler und Nils Staerk, Kopenhagen. © 2019, ProLitteris, Zürich

How does contemporary art deal with the constructivist, concrete and conceptual art of the 20th century? What is its stance on that art’s ideas, accomplishments and sometimes utopian projects? Does it merely use its repertoire of forms and colors, or does it also access the concepts behind them?

 

Michael Riedel, Besuchte und nicht besuchte Ausstellungen (Einladungen 2005–2016), 2016. Courtesy der Künstler und Gabriele Senn Galerie, Wien

Jan Kiefer, Ja Ja Ja – Helvetica regular, 2018. Courtesy der Künstler

Otto Berchem, Is This Democracy, 2013. Courtesy der Künstler und Instituto de Visión

Taking the question of the extent to which contemporary art production latches onto our art-historical heritage as a starting point, Museum Haus Konstruktiv presents a large-scale group exhibition that has the nature of a statement. Artworks by 34 artists from Switzerland and abroad are to be seen on all four floors. Set out as a route, on which strands from art history are incorporated, combined and extended, Concrete Contemporary – Now Is Always Also a Little of Yesterday and Tomorrow offers a multifaceted and lively snapshot of today’s constructivist-concrete and conceptual work.

 

Svenja Deininger, Untitled, 2017. Courtesy die Künstlerin und Galerie Martin Janda, Wien

Vanessa Billy, Large Burst, 2019. Courtesy die Künstlerin und BolteLang, Zürich / Chris Cornish, there is mystery everywhere, 2015. Courtesy der Künstler

Timo Nasseri, Florenz- Bagdad, 2016. Courtesy der Künstler und Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut/Hamburg.
© 2019, ProLitteris, Zürich

A large-scale group exhibition with works by: Sâadane Afif, Otto Berchem, Otto Berchem & Amalia Pica, Andrew Bick, Vanessa Billy, Stefan Burger, Valentin Carron, Chris Cornish, Jose Dávila, Philippe Decrauzat, Svenja Deininger, Lara Favaretto, Fernanda Gomes, Clare Goodwin, Diango Hernández, Herbert Hinteregger, Wyatt Kahn, Jan Kiefer, Alicja Kwade, Haroon Mirza, Timo Nasseri, Walid Raad, David Renggli, Bernd Ribbeck, Michael Riedel, Karin Schwarzbek, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Martin Soto Climent, Esther Stocker, Katja Strunz, SUPERFLEX, Sofie Thorsen, Thomas Vinson, Werner von Mutzenbecher

This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with texts by Max Glauner, Adam Jasper, Sabine Schaschl, Sabine Maria Schmidt, Wolfgang Ullrich and Margit Weinberg Staber, as well as reproductions of works, and views of the exhibition.

 

Concrete Contemporary
Now Is Always Also a Little of Yesterday and Tomorrow
Curated by Sabine Schaschl
February 7 – May 5, 2019 / Haus Konstruktiv
April 3, 2019 6:30 pm: Discussion Round with artists from the exhibition
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