Until the 19th of December 2009, Hauser & Wirth Zürich presents an exhibition of new paintings on canvas and works on paper by Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal. Many works in the show relate to Wilhelm Sasnal’s first ever feature-lenght film entitled Swiniopas (Swineherd), which he realized in the past year.
Swiniopas is an adaption of a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of the same name. Wilhelm Sasnal’s film is shot in black and white and set in bleak, rural Poland. It’s about a swineherd who smuggles letters back and forth between a farmer’s daughter and her lesbian lover.
Wilhelm Sasnal was born in Tarnów, Poland in 1972. He lives and works in Krakow. Major solo presentations of his work include ‘Lata walki’, Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warsaw, Poland (2007); ‘Pintures’, “¨CaixaForum, Barcelona (2007); ‘Paintings & Films’, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2006); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main (2006); and Kunsthalle Zürich (2003). In November 2006 the artist received the prestigious Vincent Van Gogh Award. A comprehensive solo exhibition of Sasnal’s work is on view at K21, Düsseldorf, until 11 January 2010, and a solo exhibition of recent works will be at Centro de Art Contemporaneo, Malaga, Spain from 28 November 2009 – 24 January 2010.
Wilhelm Sasnal at Hauser & Wirth Zürich, opening reception, October 30, 2009.
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