Eva Maria Gisler
Daniel Robert Hunziker
Ingrid Wildi Merino
Zobrist / Waeckerlin
What is Grey Exactly? looks at the (non-)colour grey as a technical phenomenon, featuring works by Maia Aeschbach, Miriam Cahn, Marianne Kuhn, Klaudia Schifferle and Silvia Bachli. Auswahl 12 is a survey of current art practices in the Canton of Aargau; this year's guest artist is Anton Egloff.
WHAT IS GREY EXACTLY?
8 December 2012 - 28 April 2013
What is Grey Exactly?, our new presentation of works from the collection, looks at the (non-)colour grey as a technical phenomenon, a carrier of meaning, or a component of a general concept. The sculptural works of Aargau artist Maia Aeschbach are central to this exhibition. Making a guest appearance in the collection, she presents her largely unknown work together with early, large-scale works on paper by Miriam Cahn, Marianne Kuhn, Klaudia Schifferle and Silvia Bächli. The line-up includes numerous works of other artists who critically reflected on the effect of grey.
The collection presentation titled What is Grey Exactly? points to the deliberate use of the (non-)colour grey in Swiss art from the 1960s to the present. Works by artists such as Balthasar Burkhard, Helmut Federle, Franz Fedier, Alex Hanimann, Markus Raetz oder Hugo Suter serve to illustrate the different motivations underlying artistic preoccupation with the colour grey. Thus, grey can manifest itself as a technical precondition, as artistic material, as a carrier of meaning or as a conceptual element.
The invariably grey-black sculptural paper works of Maia Aeschbach (b. 1928) provide the starting point for the exhibition. The Aargau artist used a simple technique, applying graphite on paper and then treating the surface with milk and lard. As a next step, these prefabricated papers were arranged into softly gleaming objects and installations that simulate the materiality of metal. Because the artist ended up taken most of the exhibits to pieces again, only few complete works survive – and almost all of the works that do survive are now on view at the Aargauer Kunsthaus. Making a guest appearance in the collection, Maia Aeschbach’s works are presented here in the art historical context of the large-scale works on paper by Miriam Cahn, Marianne Kuhn, Klaudia Schifferle and Silvia Bächli from the 1980s. The seminal importance of these pieces using black paint was not lost on Maia Aeschbach.
Monograph on the work of Maia Aeschbach
Due in December of 2012, Graphit, Milch und Schweinefett (Graphite, Milk and Lard) is the first publication devoted to the art of Maia Aeschbach. In their respective contributions to this volume the three authors, Lena Friedli, Patricia Nussbaum and Annelise Zwez, examine the artist‘s career and work from different angles. Numerous illustrations provide insights into Maia Aeschbach's creative output. The monograph is published in conjunction with the exhibition What is Grey exactly? at the Aargauer Kunsthaus in Aarau and edited by Urs Aeschbach, Brigitt Lattmann and Konrad Wittmer
Curator: Thomas Schmutz
Assistant curator: Catherine Nuber
Preview for the media
Friday, 7 December 2012, 10 am
Welcome address by Madeleine Schuppli, Director Aargauer Kunsthaus; introduction by Thomas Schmutz, Curator.
Friday, 7 December 2012, 6 pm
6.15 pm Welcome address by Madeleine Schuppli, Director Aargauer Kunsthaus; introduction by Thomas Schmutz, Curator / Deputy Director; followed by drinks and snacks in the foyer Starting at 7.30 pm, food is served in the tent on the Kunsthaus roof
Book presentation and tour of the exhibition
Sunday, 16 December 2012, 11 am – 12.30 pm
Thomas Schmutz, Curator / Deputy Director Aargauer Kunsthaus, leads a tour of the exhibition with art critic Annelise Zwez; an event marking the publication of Maia Aeschbach. Graphit, Milch und Schweinefett, the first monograph on the work of Maia Aeschbach b. 1928); followed by drinks and snacks in the foyer.
Thursday, 6.30 pm
10 Jan. with Catherine Nuber, 17 Jan. with Catherine Nuber,
21 Feb. with Thomas Schmutz, 11 Apr. with Dorothee Noever,
25 Apr. with Dorothee Noever
Sunday, 11 am
20 Jan. with Annette Bürgi, 10 Mar. with Annette Bürgi
Sunday, 2 pm
16 Dec. with Annette Bürgi
Guided tours and events tailored to groups and schools
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Guest artist: Anton Egloff
8 Dec 2012 – 6 Jan 2013
A project of the Aargauer Kunsthaus and the Aargauer Kuratorium Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, 8 December 2012 - 6 January 2013 At the end of the year the Aargauer Kunsthaus belongs largely to the Aargau artists. 52 artists accepted the invitation extended by the Aargauer Kunsthaus and the Aargauer Kuratorium to present their most recent work in the annual show. The resulting Auswahl 12 exhibition is a varied and stimulating survey of current art practices in the Canton of Aargau. Included in the exhibition is this year's guest artist, Anton Egloff.
The annual exhibition provides an opportunity for local artists to present their latest work. Aargau artists can apply for inclusion in the exhibition as well as for work grants offered by the Aargauer Kuratorium. In October, two juries of experts, one selected by the Aargauer Kunsthaus and the other by the Aargauer Kuratorium, have independently judged the submitted works. This year, a total of 231 artists have submitted their files. Out of these, 52 Aargau art practitioners were invited by the juries to present their works in the annual exhibition.
At the exhibition opening on 7 December, 2012, the Aargauer Kuratorium will award its grants for work in the visual arts. At the same time the Neue Aargauer Bank will present its annual advancement award to a young artist. Guest Auswahl 12: Anton Egloff
This year’s guest artist has actively contributed to shaping the Swiss art scene since the 1960s, which is why he is not an unfamiliar name. As part of Auswahl 12, Anton Egloff (b. 1933) is showing works that were previously included in his major one-man show titled subskulptur at the Kunstmuseum Luzern in 2003. Anton Egloff has chosen to install his works in the atrium and the two interior spaces, which together form a longitudinal axis in the new museum annex. Thus the artist asserts the necessity of viewing his works as an aggregate installation, rather than as individual sculptural works. The common thematic thread linking the objects is that they address the subject of language. Anton Egloff has been pursuing this mode of operation ever since his artistic beginnings.
Over the course of the Auswahl show,the Aargauer Kunsthaus jury designates the guest artist for the next annual exhibition.
Artists included in Auswahl 12
Georg Aerni, Annette Barcelo, Christoph Brünggel, Beat Buri, Hubert Dechant, Noemi Eichenberger, René Fahrni, Gabi Fuhrimann, Franziska Furter, Thomas Galler, Eva Maria Gisler, Otto Grimm, Stefan Gritsch, Mireille Gros, Nesa Gschwend, Roman Gysin, Marc Hartmann, Thomas Hauri, Dunja Herzog, Andreas Hofer, Daniel Robert Hunziker, Katja Jug, Denise Kobler, koorder, Oliver Krähenbühl, Raphael Linsi, Patrik Marcet, Max Matter, Thomas Moor, Claudio Moser, Raoul Müller, Willi Müller, Ann Nelson, Heiner Richner, Lorenz Schmid, Milena Seiler, Sandra Senn, Veronika Spierenburg, Mette Stausland, Stefan Sulzer, Timo Ullmann, Ester Vonplon, Claudius Weber, Stephan Wegmüller, Ingrid Wildi Merino, Andrea Winkler, Zobrist / Waeckerlin, Beat Zoderer, Franziska Zumbach, Andreas Zybach
Members of the Aargauer Kunsthaus jury
Thomas Schmutz, Curator / Deputy Director Aargauer Kunsthaus; Markus Huber (huber.huber), artist, Zurich; Nadia Schneider Willen, President of the Swiss Federal Art Commission; Rolf Winnewisser, artist, Ennetbaden
Members of the Aargauer Kuratorium jury
Eva Bechstein, Aargauer Kuratorium (chair); Stella Händler, Aargauer Kuratorium; Robert Alberati, Aargauer Kuratorium; Fridolin Stähli, Aargauer Kuratorium; Elisabeth Grossmann, art historian; Boris Rebetez, artist, Basel
Grants from the Aargauer Kuratorium
Marking the opening of the exhibition on December 7, 2012, at 6 pm, the Aargauer Kuratorium will award 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 12 exhibition on Friday, 7 December 2012. Updated information will be available starting Monday, 10 December at www.nab.ch.
An illustrated booklet containing a list of works and the jury report of the Aargauer Kuratorium will accompany the exhibition. The front and backcover were designed by our guest artist, Anton Egloff.
Curator: Thomas Schmutz, Curator
Friday, 7 December 2012, 10 am, at the Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau Welcome address by Madeleine Schuppli, Director Aargauer Kunsthaus; tour of the exhibition with Thomas Schmutz, Curator Aargauer Kunsthaus, and Eva Bechstein, Chair Visual Arts Aargauer Kuratorium; followed by drinks and snacks in the foyer.
Guest artist Anton Egloff and other artists included in the show will be present.
Friday, 7 December 2012, 6 pm
6.15 pm Welcome address by Madeleine Schuppli, Director Aargauer Kunsthaus; introduction by Thomas Schmutz, Curator. 6.30 pm Presentation of the Aargauer Kuratorium Grants and the Neue Aargauer Bank Advancement Award. Followed by a reception. Wine courtesy of the City of Aarau. Starting at 7.30 pm food will be served in the tent on the Kunsthaus roof.
Thursday, 13 December 2012, 6.30 pm
Madeleine Schuppli, Director, in conversation with the the artists Gabi Fuhrimann, Stefan Gritsch, Ann Nelson, Lorenz Schmid and Beat Zoderer about their works in the Auswahl 12. Followed by a reception
Thursday, 6.30 pm
20 Dec. with Thomas Schmutz, 27 Dec. and 3 Jan. with Brigitte Haas Sunday,11 am
9 Dec. with Brigitte Haas, 23 Dec. with Eva Bechstein, 30 Dec. and 6 Jan. with Brigitte Haas Sunday, 2 pm
16 Dec. with Eva Bechstein
Children’s Opening: Secret!
Friday, 7 Dec. 2012, 6 – 8 pm
Meet at the studio downstairs (for children of 5 years and older)
Saturday, 17 Nov. / 24 Nov. / 1 Dec. / 8 Dec. / 15 Dec.
10 am – 12.30 pm for children aged 9 to 13
1.30 – 3.30 pm for children aged 5 to 8
Wednesday, 28 Nov. 9 – 10 am
For parents of small children Childcare available
Sunday, 25 Nov. 11 am – 4 pm
The studio is open to creative brains both small and big.
Wednesday, 12 Dec. 2 – 4 pm
Christmas-themed creative activities for children and families
Wednesday, 5 Dec. 6 – 8 pm
Introduction for teachers
Juniors’ kick-off event
Sunday, 6 Jan. 2013, 2 – 4.30 pm
We will kick off the New Year together with artists.
Image: Maia Aeschbach, Fächer offen, 2002. Graphite on paper, 200 x 200 x 6 cm. Photo by Brigitt Lattmann, Gränichen © Maia Aeschbach
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Media Preview: Friday, 7 December 2012, 10 am
Exhibition Opening: Friday, 7 December 2012, 6 pm
Aargauerplatz - 5001 Aarau
Thu – Sun 10 am – 5 pm
Thu 10 am – 8 pm
Holiday opening hours
Christmas, 24 and 25 Dec. 2012, and New Year’s Eve, 31 Dec. 2012 closed
St. Stephen’s Day, 26 Dec. 2012, New Year’s Day, 1 Jan. 2013, and Berchtoldstag 2 Jan. 2013 Open daily 10 am – 5 pm