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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Tags: Ai Weiwei, Alex Hanimann, Arcangelo Sassolino, Bettina Pousttchi, Charlotte Posenenske, Christian Jankowski, Eva Pfannes, Frank Stella, Franziska Furter, Karsten Födinger, Los Carpinteros, Manfred Pernice, Marjetica Potrc, Nico Krebs, Not Vital, Oscar Tuazon, Paul McCarthy, Pierre Haubensack, Richard Tuttle, Saâne Afif, Sylvain Hartenberg, Taiyo Onorato, Thomas Houseago, Valentin Carron, Vaness Billy, Wilfredo Prieto