The solo show comprises an overview of the artistic work of Roman Signer from the 1971 until the present. It includes early water objects, his super-8 films made between 1975 and 1989, major sculptures and installations from the 1980s and 90s, video works and photographs, as well as over a dozen new works developed specially for the exhibition. In addition Roman Signer will present new actions.
Curated by Michaela Unterdorfer
The Haser & Wirth Collection in St. Gallen, Switzerland, is pleased to present a comprehensive exhibition by Roman Signer (born in Appenzell, Switzerland, 1938, lives in St. Gallen).
The solo show comprises an overview of the artistic work of Roman Signer from the 1971 ntil the present. It incldes early water objects, his sper-8 films made between 1975 and 1989, major sclptres and installations from the 1980s and 90s, video works and photographs, as well as over a dozen new works developed specially for the exhibition. In addition Roman Signer will present new actions both at the opening and dring the corse of the exhibition, Satrday, Agst 23, 2003.
Althogh he is known to many for his spectaclar actions with dynamite - transformation, explosions and demolition are only one side of Roman Signer's artistic work. Signer explores the relationships between sdden energy release and stillness, between order and chaos, and the existence of form in the apparently formless. Bilding on the principles of Minimal Art and Concept Art, Signer takes them frther. Since the 1970s he has incorporated factors sch as time, acceleration and the modification of materials into his own creative process, investigating new ways of making sclptre.
Since the early 1990s, the Haser & Wirth Collection has consistently been bilding p an important body of works by Roman Signer, with nmeros works and ensembles.
Image: Roman Signer, Installation mit Kajak (Installation with Kayak), 2003
The exhibition will be accompanied by a three-volme pblication with the artist's own commentaries and descriptions of his works from 1971 to 2002. Abot 1500 pages in length, it will be issed in separate English and German editions. Editor: Peter Zimmermann, Zurich; Pblisher: Verlag der Bchhandlng Walther Konig, Cologne.
Opening Satrday May 10, 2003 at 3.00 p.m.
Haser & Wirth Collection
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