Aargauer Kunsthaus
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Three Exhibitions
dal 11/5/2012 al 11/8/2012
Tues-Sun 10 am - 5 pm, Thur 10 am - 8 pm, closed on Mondays

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Three Exhibitions

Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau

Kris Martin - Every Day of the Weak, Light Sensitive - Photo Art from the Collection, CARAVAN 2/2012: Niklaus Wenger - Series of exhibitions of young art

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Kris Martin

Every Day of the Weak

12 May 2012 – 12 Aug 2012

Belgian artist Kris Martin (b. 1972) today occupies an important and distinct position in contemporary art. In his diverse work, which ranges from installation and sculpture to photography, video and drawing, he loosely refers to literary and art history. Examining and questioning the cultural conditions surrounding us, he focuses on the essential themes of life and death, transience and finitude with an impressively sure feeling for materiality and form. Furthermore, he integrates symbols of religion, faith and spirituality as fields of interpretation into his art.

The exhibition Every Day of the Weak at the Aargauer Kunsthaus is the most comprehensive presentation to date of the artist's work in Europe. Conceived as a first retrospective, it assembles his pivotal works of recent years and shows the entire gamut of media he draws on. A highlight is Martin's piece titled For Whom, a large church bell that doesn't produce any sound even in motion, because it is missing its clapper. Swinging, yet remaining mute, the sight of this Christian symbol of community is irritating.

Less a creator than a collector and dissector, Kris Martin frequently uses - aside from objects that he has elaborately produces by others - found objects that already have a history inscribed into them. His central artistic strategy consists in lifting those found objects from their original context, removing essential information from them, overlaying them and shifting their scale. Martin's works take our imagination beyond a rationally interpreted, bounded world and address us in the transience and fragility of our own lives.

The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the artist as well as the Kunstmuseum Bonn and the kestnergesellschaft in Hannover.


Light Sensitive

Photo Art from the Collection

12 May 2012 – 12 Aug 2012

Light Sensitive is an exhibition that focuses on the photographic works in the collection of the Aargauer Kunsthaus. It delves into the museum´s rich holdings of over 800 works employing photo technology, sounding out central themes. In the process, two thematic focus areas come to the fore: on the one hand an exploration of the human body and on the other an exmination of abstract, architectural or public space. In addition to works from the collection, the exhibition includes a series of large-scale cityscapes by Berlin-based Swiss artist Andreas Tschersich as well as works by Swiss artist Bianca Dugaro.

Included in the exhibition are works by, among others, Balthasar Burkhard, Nicolas Faure, Katrin Freisager, Heiner Kielholz, Urs Lüthi, Max Matter, Claudio Moser, Guido Nussbaum, Markus Raetz, Annelies Štrba, Beat Streuli, Hannah Villiger.


CARAVAN 2/2012: Niklaus Wenger

Series of exhibitions of young art

12 May 2012 – 12 Aug 2012

The Aargauer Kunsthaus continues its exhibition series of young art with a presentation of the Bern- and Burgdorf-based artist Niklaus Wenger (b. 1978). In his artistic work Wenger shows a preference for construction materials, composing concrete casts of wooden structures into sculptural shapes that exude a both plain and painterly presence. As part of the CARAVAN series, Niklaus Wenger presents a group of concrete and plaster objects created specially for the exhibition, contrasting them with works of Zurich Concrete Art in a gallery reserved for the permanent display of the collection.


Media/Communications, Aargauer Kunsthaus:
Filomena Colecchia Tel. +41 (0)62 835 23 34, e-mail filomena.colecchia@ag.ch

Aargauer Kunsthaus
Aargauerplatz 5001 Aarau
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 10 am - 5 pm, Thur 10 am - 8 pm, closed on Mondays

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