Landscapes is the title of the current solo show of the American painter Alex Katz at the museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zürich, Switzerland. At first, this doesn’t seem to be the typical exhibition for a museum that is dedicated to concrete, constructivist, and conceptual art. And indeed, many visitors seem to be surprised or even confused. Alex Katz (born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1927) is generally seen as a figurative artist associated with the Pop art movement. Landscapes at Haus Konstruktiv is the first comprehensive solo exhibition of Alex Katz in a Swiss museum. This is also rather surprising, as Alex Katz ranks among the most popular and successful living artists, and is also present in numerous private Swiss collections. The exhibition focuses on the theme of landscape and presents works from 1949 to today – including works that have seldom or never been shown in any institution. In this video we have a closer look at the exhibition, and the director of Haus Konstruktiv and curator of the show, Dorothea Strauss, explains why she wanted to stage this exhibition since she became director of the museum eight years ago.
Alex Katz – Landscapes / Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich. Exhibition walkthrough and interview with Dorothea Strauss (Director, Museum Haus Konstruktiv). Zürich (Switzerland), March 28, 2013.
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