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Art and the City. Public Art Festival in Zürich West

Art and the City is a public art festival that runs from 9 June until 23 September 2012 in Zürich West, a district in Zürich (Switzerland) that has undergone a dramatic transformation in the recent years. To experience this up-and-coming city district of Zürich, Art and the City invited more than 40 artists and artist groups from all over the world for an exhibition that includes sculptures, installations, performances, posters and interventions. This video takes you on a rather subjective and selective tour of the exhibition on 1 August, the Swiss National Day (which explains the empty streets and the rubber dinghies).

The exhibition includes artists who have been addressing issues of urban development since the 1970s such as Richard Tuttle, Fred Sandback, Yona Friedman and Charlotte Posenenske, as well as a younger generation of artists such as Christian Jankowski, Oscar Tuazon, Los Carpinteros, and Ai Weiwei.

Art and the City has been initiated by the Public Art Task Force (Arbeitsgruppe Kunst im öffentlichen Raum). The exhibition has been put together by the freelance curator and writer Christoph Doswald.

Art and the City. Public Art Festival in Zürich West. Zürich (Switzerland), August 1, 2012.

PS: As part of the Art and the City Public Art Festival, walking artist Hamish Fulton performed one of his slow walks along the Limmat river, called Limmat Art Walk Zürich 2012.

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VernissageTV PDF-Magazine No. 16: Tapes, Fur, Tubes, and Mylar

Out now: VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 16, April 2011.

During a trip to an evening of openings in Paris, VernissageTV had a closer look at the retrospective with the subtle works of French artist Pierrette Bloch at Karsten Greve Gallery. In Fribourg / Switzerland, we had the chance to do an extensive interview with Edith Dekyndt, who had a solo show at Fri-Art Centre d’Art Contemporain, titled “Dieu rend visite à Newton”.

Number 16 also takes a look at the London Art Scene, where a lot of local galleries showed their program at London Art Fair, and Hauser & Wirth opened new spaces with a Martin Creed solo exhibition that featured a dangerously revolving neon sculpture.

In Berlin, VernissageTV met with Agathe Snow whose solo exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim was showcasing large-scale collages and mobile sculptures. In this show the New York-based Corsican artist Agathe Snow focuses on monuments, trademarks, and historical sites and investigates how they leave their mark on collective memory and national identity.

For the first time, VernissageTV took at trip to Lithuania, to document Zilvinas Kempinas exhibition at Galerija Vartai in Vilnius. Kempinas conceived a show that presented important older and new works.

One of the main themes of the current issue of the magazine is New York. VernissageTV attended several openings such as Ivan Navarro at Paul Kasmin and Tara Donovan at The Pace Gallery. An extensive photo gallery is complemented by a text by FAD Editor at Large Ben Austin, who shares his personal experiences of Armory Week with the readers.

And finally, issue 16 gives an outlook on VernissageTV’s participation in Art Cologne and the video art program that features the artists G.H. Hovagimyan, Christina McPhee, Maria Joao Salema, Raphaele Shirley, Ultra Art Fair, and Lee Wells.

Artists in this issue: Pierrette Bloch, Alexandre Joly, Bettina Pousttchi, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agathe Snow, Edith Dekyndt, Zilvinas Kempinas, and Tara Donovan.

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Bettina Pousttchi: World Time Clock / Kunsthalle Basel

Bettina Pousttchi: World Time Clock at Kunsthalle Basel is the first major solo exhibition in Switzerland of works by Berlin-based German-Iranian artist Bettina Pousttchi. The show is also the first comprehensive institutional presentation of the artist’s oeuvre. Bettina Pousttchi has gained widespread attention recently with her large-scale, site-specific photographic work “Echo” (2009/2010) that involved covering the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin (Temporary Kunsthalle Berlin) with a digitally manipulated collage of archival images of the German Democratic Republic’s Palast der Republik (Palace of the Republic).

On view at Kunsthalle Basel are “Sculpture Project Echo” (2009), a series of color photographs related to the “Echo”-installation; the video work “Conversations in the Studio 3″ (2010); two installations of sculptural works using crowd-control barriers titled “Double Monuments for Flavin and Tatlin” (2010) and “Blackout” (2007-2010); the ongoing “World Time” series (2008-), photographs of clocks on public buildings in different cities of the world; the photographic series “THe Hetley Suite” (2008); the two early video works “Ocularis” (1999) and “Double Empire” (2000).

Bettina Pousttchi was born 1971 in Mainz, Germany. She currently lives and works in Berlin. Pousttchi studied a.o. at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Université de Paris, St. Denis. In 1999/2000 she joined the renowned Whitney Independent Studio Program at the Whitney Museum in New York.

Her solo exhibitions include a.o. the project Echo at the outside facade of Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin over the course of six months (2009/2010); The Hetley Suite, Triangle Gallery, London (2008); Reality Reset, Von der Heydt Museum/Kunsthalle Barmen, Wuppertal (2007); Screen Settings, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2003) and Die Katharina-Show, Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen (2001). Different works by the artist were shown at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2009 as well as in numerous group shows.

Bettina Pousttchi: World Time Clock / Kunsthalle Basel. Opening reception, January 15, 2011.

PS: See also our coverage of the “Echo”-project with an interview with Bettina Pousttchi.

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Bettina Pousttchi: Echo / Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin / Interview

Just a few months after the last remnants of the Palast der Republik (Palace of the Republic) were removed, visitors of Schlossplatz can now experience a feeling of déjà vu. Berlin-based artist Bettina Pousttchi’s (*1971) photo installation Echo covers the entire façade of the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, evoking memories of the just recently demolished building.

The Palace of the Republic served primarily as the seat of the East German parliament, the Volkskammer, but it also housed two large auditoria, art galleries, a theatre, restaurants and a bowling alley. The building was constructed in 1973 at the site of the former Hohenzollern palace (Stadtschloß), and has now been completely deconstructed to make room for a planned Stadtschloß reconstruction.*

As Bettina Pousttchi points out in this video, Echo is not a true-to-scale or true-to-life reconstruction of this magnificent socialist building. “The motif for the circumferential black-and-white photograph is comprised of 970 individual posters. The depiction, which reduces the historical façade to its essential structural components, is based on archival pictures. By means of image processing and further elements, the artist creates a number of disturbing moments. Digitally generated lines are reminiscent of CCTV cameras or early TV images – or of a furtive view through the slats of a lowered blind. With this mise-en-scène, Pousttchi reflects on the individual’s ability to remember and also on the suggestive qualities of the medium of photography. As an allegedly simulated historical architecture, Echo directly references the changes in the surrounding urban landscape.” (Excerpt from the press release). The installation is on view until February 28, 2010.

Bettina Pousttchi: Echo. Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin. September 24, 2009. Video: Gürsoy Dogtas.

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Bettina Pousttchi: Reality Reset / Kunsthalle Barmen / Germany

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