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Paying No Attention I Notice Everything

Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau

Robert Walser and the Visual Arts. The exhibition examines the impact the writer has had - and still has - on numerous artists. In addition to contempoary artistic practices the show presents paintings that were around during Walser's lifetime. For the series of young art: Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky.

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curators: Madeleine Schuppli and Thomas Schmutz

Robert Walser (1878 – 1956) is regarded today as one of the most important authors of the twentieth century. The exhibition Paying No Attention I Notice Everything. Robert Walser and the Visual Arts traces Walser’s manifold impact on the visual arts by presenting contemporary artwork as well as paintings from Robert Walser’s time.

One part of the exhibition focuses on national and international contemporary artists who examine various aspects of the writer’s personality and work. Artists Ian Breakwell, Marie José Burki, Dexter Dalwood, Thomas Hirschhorn, Heiner Kielholz, Klaus Lutz, Markus Raetz, Daniel Roth, Thomas Schütte, John Tremblay, Rosemarie Trockel, Marcel van Eeden and Mark Wallinger have agreed to contribute works to the exhibition. The selected artworks which include figurative as well as abstract paintings, drawings, video works, expansive installations and sculptures, reveal the impact that Robert Walser continues to have as a source of inspiration.

Alongside the contemporary works the historic section shows paintings that one could have encountered during his lifetime at Robert Walser’s places of residence, Switzerland and Berlin. The contrast between the images of his provincial home and those of the metropolis Berlin at the beginning of the twentieth century is instructive: on the one hand placid landscapes of the Bernese Seeland by, say, Philippe Robert or Ernst Geiger, and on the other avantgarde works by artists still known today, such as Lovis Corinth, Max Liebermann and Max Slevogt, who found their inspiration in the city life of Berlin.

The Aargauer Kunsthaus thanks the Robert Walser-Zentrum in Bern for their cooperation.

Contemporary Art
Ian Breakwell (GB), Marie José Burki (CH), Dexter Dalwood (GB), Thomas Hirschhorn (CH), Heiner Kielholz (CH), Klaus Lutz (CH), Markus Raetz (CH), Daniel Roth (D), Thomas Schütte (D), John Tremblay (USA), Rosemarie Trockel (D), Marcel van Eeden (NL), Mark Wallinger (GB)

Artists from the Time of Robert Walser
Cuno Amiet (CH), Arnold Böcklin (CH), Lovis Corinth (D), Ernst Samuel Geiger (CH), Ferdinand Hodler (CH), Marcus Jacobi (CH), Walter Leistikow (D), Max Liebermann (D), Léo-Paul Robert (CH), Philippe Robert (CH), Giovanni Segantini (CH), Max Slevogt (D), Wilhelm Trübner (D)


CARAVAN 2/2014: Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky

Series of exhibitions of young art

The Bernese artist Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky (b. 1980) examines the peculiar features of plants and explores their rich and varied formal potential. Leaves or grasses are sorted, defamiliarised and manipulated in the creative process. In their reference to nature the works provide fascinating points of contact with the works of Sophie-Taeuber Arp and Hans Arp that are presented in the same gallery.

Press contact:
Filomena Colecchia phone +41 (0)62 835 23 34

Media Preview Thursday, 8 May 2014, 10am
Exhibition Opening Friday, 9 May 2014, 6pm

Aargauer Kunsthaus
Aargauerplatz 5001 Aarau
Opening hours
Tue – Sun 10 am – 5 pm
Thur 10 am – 8 pm
Monday closed
Monday before Art Basel 16 June open 10 am – 5 pm
CHF 15.– / CHF 10.–

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

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