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Auswahl 11

Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau

The annual exhibition provides an opportunity for local artists to present their work to the public. Guests: Ile flottante, Nica Giuliani, Andrea Gsell.

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curated by Thomas Schmutz

Guest: île flottante ! Nica Giuliani & Andrea Gsell
At least since garnering considerable attention with their 2009/10 work "Fisches Nachgesang", île flottante have been among the established Swiss artist duos.

The works of île flottante are typical of a generation of artists who consistently incorporate the viewer into their work. Their work, which they created especially for the "Auswahl 11" exhibition, revolves around a message that is condensed by means of media-specific editing processes. Impressions and statements are conveyed in a subtle and often ironic manner.

The play with perception and the specificity of the exhibition site are central aspects of this particular work. The interaction between various messages and the connection to topical subjects create the distinctive atmosphere defining the art of île flottante.

île flottante | Nica Giuliani & Andrea Gsell
Andrea Gsell - b. in Brugg/Aargau in 1974, lives and works in Brugg and Basel, and Nica Giuliani, b. in Landau, Germany in 1980, lives and works in Basel - met while studying media art and have been working together under the name "île flottante" since 2003. Their works are frequently site-specific and located in public spaces, while at the same time actively involving viewers, as, for instance, in "expansion sonore", 2007, City of Basel and 2008, Duisburg city center, "sideseeing", 2008, bblackboxx Basel, in cooperation with Barbara Meier, "Fisches Nachgesang", 2009, videotank Zurich and 2010, Vögele Kulturzentrum Pfäffikon and "floconnes", 2010, Fondation Beyeler Riehen, in cooperation with Lilian Beidler.

A project of the Aargauer Kunsthaus and the Aargauer Kuratorium

At the end of the year, the Aargauer Kunsthaus and the Aargau Kuratorium present the "Auswahl 11". This traditional annual exhibition of Aargau artists offers a survey of the wide range of current art practices in the Canton of Aargau. This year, a total of 69 art practitioners were invited to show their works. As this year's guest artists, île flottante ! Nica Giuliani & Andrea Gsell created a new and surprising site-specific work.

The annual exhibition provides an opportunity for local artists to present their work to the public. Any artist living in or coming from the Canton of Aargau can apply to be included in the exhibition and for work grants from the Aargau Kuratorium. In October, two juries of experts, one from the Aargauer Kunsthaus and the other from the Aargau Kuratorium, have independently evalutated the submitted works. This year, a total of 221 artists submitted their files. Out of these, 69 art practitioners were invited by the juries to present their works in the annual "Auswahl 11" exhibition.

At the exhibition opening on 2 December 2011 at 6 pm, the Aargauer Kuratorium will award its visual arts work grants. At the same time the Neue Aargauer Bank AG will present its annual advancement award to a young artist.

Artists includes in "Auswahl 11"
Urs Aeschbach, Annette Barcelo, Daniela Belinga, Claudia Breitschmid, Naomi Bühlmann, Rosângela de Andrade Boss, Hubert Dechant, Regula Dettwiler, Bettina Disler, Nora Dreissigacker, Anton Egloff, Cédric Eisenring, Marianne Engel, Tom Fellner, Thomas Galler, Florian Gasser, Sam Graf, Cosimo Gritsch, Stefan Gritsch, Mireille Gros, Michael Günzburger, Camille Hagner, Marc Hartmann und Philipp Hänger, Thomas Hauri, Valentin Hauri, Arnold Helbling, Linda Herzog, Esther Hunziker, Nici Jost, Katja Jug, Christine Knuchel, koorder, Aurelio Kopainig, Oliver Krähenbühl, Sonja Kretz, Marianne Kuhn, Kathrin Kunz, Dominique Lämmli, Raphael Linsi, Andreas Marti, Max Matter, Barbara Meyer Cesta, Claudio Moser, Dominique Müller, Raoul Müller, Irene Naef, Jos Nünlist, Ruth Maria Obrist, Heiner Richner, Ursula Rutishauser, Florenz Schaffner, Daniel Schibli, Bruno Schlatter, Doris Schmid, Lorenz Schmid, Milena Seiler, Fabienne Sommer, Veronika Spierenburg, Hansruedi Steiner, Timo Ullmann & Marco Baltisberger, Rosmarie Vogt-Rippmann, Stephan Wegmüller, Jacqueline Weiss und Kathrin Siebenhaar, Christoph Wey, Andrea Winkler, Rolf Winnewisser, Bruno Wittmer, Matthias Zimmermann, Zobrist /Waeckerlin

Members of the Aargauer Kunsthaus jury
Thomas Schmutz, Curator / Deputy Director Aargauer Kunsthaus; Sabine Trüb, visarte.aargau, board of the Aargauischer Kunstverein; Kerim Seiler, artist, Berlin; Andreas Münch, Federal Office of Culture, Berne

Members of the Aargauer Kuratorium jury
Eva Bechstein, Aargauer Kuratorium (chair); Stella Händler, Aargauer Kuratorium; Robert Alberati, Aargauer Kuratorium; Oliver Kielmayer, curator Kunsthalle Winterthur; Katrin Freisager, artist, teaches visual arts at FHNW, HGK Basel

Grants from the Aargauer Kuratorium
Marking the opening of the exhibition on December 2, 2011, at 6 pm, the Aargauer Kuratorium will announce the recipients of its grants for work in the visual arts.

Neue Aargauer Bank Advancement Award
On the same occasion, Neue Aargauer Bank will present its annual advancement award to a young artist; the recipient will be announced at the opening of the "Auswahl 11" exhibition on Friday, 2 December 2011.

An illustrated booklet containing a list of works and the jury report of the Aargauer Kuratorium, as well as with a contribution by île flottante ! Nica Giuliani & Andrea Gsell, Guest artist of "Auswahl 11".

Additional information
Thomas Schmutz, Curator/Deputy Director, Aargauer Kunsthaus,
Tel. +41 (0)62 835 23 30, e-mail:
Eva Bechstein, Chair Visual Arts, Aargauer Kuratorium,
Tel. +41 (0)62 891 41 79, e-mail
Filomena Colecchia, Media/Communications, Aargauer Kunsthaus
Tel. +41 (0)62 835 23 34, e-mail

Media Preview Thursday, 1 December 2011, 10 am, at the Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau

Opening: 2 December 2011 - 18:00

Aargauer Kunsthaus
Aargauerplatz - Aarau
Tues-Sun 10 am - 5 pm, Thur 10 am - 8 pm, closed on Mondays
Holiday opening hours Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 25.12.2011 closed
Monday, 26.12.2011 until Monday, 2.1.2012 open every day 10 am to 5 pm

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dal 29/4/2015 al 15/8/2015

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