A collection presentation on the theme of sculpture
The Art Museum Graubünden Chur is making sculpture its theme in the exhibition “Plinth Stories”. The show with works from the collection documents how broad and flexible the concept of sculpture is today. The type of sculpture on a high plinth is history. With the programmatic dismantling of the plinth and the inclusion of the viewer, sculpture has become democratised and socialised. The exhibition “Plinth Stories” in the extension building of the Art Museum Graubünden Chur shows works created in the last 80 years or so that clearly illustrate this development. Each room is dedicated to a theme: Diversity, Dwelling, Ages and Painting Sculpture.
The collection exhibition with 33 works by 28 artists and one artist couple extends over four rooms in the first basement floor of the new building. The start in the main room on the theme of “Diversity” is formed by Mirko Baselgia’s prompter boxes, which also stand as a symbol for the title of the exhibition. In Baselgia’s work, stories seem to be whispered to visitors from the plinth-like boxes. Furthermore, works by Evelina Cajacob, Martin Disler, Bethan Huws, Vaclav Pozarek, Jürg Stäuble and Not Vital are shown here, whose placement in space and materiality could not be more diverse: wood, bronze, fur, terracotta, neon or water. Even time as a factor plays an important role in Roman Signer’s sculpture. And Erica Pedretti’s bird-like object floats across the floor. The second room is dedicated to “Dwelling”. The house is a sign of the need for protection and security, whether as a simple and unpretentious shelter, as in Gabriela Gerber & Lukas Bardill’s stable, or as a place of quiet contemplation and faith, as in Franz Eggenschwiler’s little temple. Dominik Zehnder’s Boulder in the third room on the theme of “Ages” lets us look back from the distant future to the Anthropocene, the age of mankind on earth. What remains of the present? In the works of Corsin Fontana, Daniel Spoerri and Dieter Roth, processes of transformation and decomposition are part of their works made of organic materials. Like life, so Roth’s conviction, art should also be and, exposed to the rhythm of time, continually change. In the fourth room on the theme of “Painting Sculpture”, two paintings by Augusto Giacometti are in dialogue with an expansive, painted flat work by Adrian Schiess. In Stefan Gritsch’s work, colour becomes sculpture, the boundaries between painting and sculpture become blurred, and in Hugo Suter’s work, the material assemblage in the vitrine-like box becomes the painting of a bouquet of flowers. Finally, Pascale Wiedemann places her pieces of clothing cast in polyester resin in dialogue with the centuries-old painting tradition of the self-portrait.
With: Mirko Baselgia, Flurin Bisig, Evelina Cajacob, Markus Casanova, Martin Disler, Franz Eggenschwiler, Corsin Fontana, Gabriela Gerber & Lukas Bardill, Stefan Gritsch, Hermann Hubacher, Bethan Huws, Leiko Ikemura, Sara Masüger, Erica Pedretti, Vaclav Pozarek, Dieter Roth, Christian Rothacher, Adrian Schiess, Roman Signer, Kurt Sigrist, Matias Spescha, Daniel Spoerri, Jürg Stäuble, Hugo Suter, Not Vital, Pascale Wiedemann and Dominik Zehnder.