Attacca. An investigation of the notion of sculpture with an array of architectural interventions. Much less interested in the stasis or monumentality of sculpture than its decay and dissolution, the artist's works create new environments that reveal the essence and unpredictability of the materials themselves. Through employing and manipulating functional and everyday materials, he re-configures their potential (and their limitations).
Manor Art Award Basel
curated by Scott C. Weaver
The Museum für Gegenwartskunst is pleased to present Kilian Rüthemann (born 1979 in Bütschwil, St. Gallen, lives and works in Basel) as recipient of the Manor-Kunstpreis Basel 2010 with a solo exhibition "Attacca" in the museum’s top floor. Rüthemann’s exhibition represents an investigation of the notion of sculpture with an array of architectural interventions. Initially trained as a classical sculptor, Kilian Rüthemann’s practice is grounded in his interest in materials.
Employing a palette exclusively of concrete, plaster, steel and polyurethane foam, Rüthemann’s site specific works not only aptly demonstrate his fascination with the potential of these usually functional materials, but also call attention to the dramatization of their own conception. By enlisting the consultation of a local expert stuccoworker for the complicated installation, for example, the exhibition manifests as a collection of formal and gestural citations from an appropriated language of (construction) technologies.
The insinuated but invisible actions involved in the installation (or application) of these works within the exhibition space become central to our understanding of their materiality. Or whereas Yves Klein’s Pienture feu claimed an end to the modernist ideals of painting, with Rüthemann’s Double Rich wall-drawings, we see his fascinating with the materiality (or rather, immateriality) of fire itself. His works convey a gestural and tactile immediacy. Much less interested in the stasis or monumentality of sculpture than its decay and dissolution, Rüthemann’s works create new environments that reveal the essence and unpredictability of the materials themselves. Rüthemann’s process-based installations reveal the tension between the material and the ephemeral.
Rüthemann has shown his works in number of solo and group exhibitions, for example Kunsthaus Baselland (2007), the Kunsthalle Basel (2007), and in the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008). Together with the Kunsthaus Glarus and the Istituto Svizzero di Roma – where Kilian Rüthemann mounted successful solo exhibitions in the past year ("Sooner rather than later" and "Double Rich") – the Museum für Gegenwartskunst is please to announce the forthcoming publication of a comprehensive monographic catalogue in the form of a special artist’s book. This catalogue will be introduced in a special presentation on May 12 at 18.30 p.m in the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel.
Image: Ohne Titel, 2009, Parkett, 150 x 70 cm, "Fragile Monumente", Suzie Q Projects, Zürich. 2009
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