Statement Swiss Art

Statement Swiss Art

After it’s successful launch in 2016, this years Statement Swiss Art will be curated by Peter Fischer, independent curator and former director of the Kunstmuseum Luzern and the Zentrum Paul Klee.

The statement-presentation of the Kunst 17 Zürich questions the label ‘Swiss art’: is ‘Swissness’ in art apparent in a specific iconography? In references to a cultural tradition of the country? In the expression of a national identity, of whatever kind?

Interestingly, the title of the show, «Expeditions into the Interior of the Country», does not reflect the criteria established for the selection of the works, but only imposed itself, so to speak, retrospectively, after a critical viewing of the selected works. It conveys the fact that artists are inspired by a specifically Swiss environment as well as by a culture shaped by both that and by history. Apart from an interest in the sublime landscape, the fascination with the incidental is also repeatedly manifested, so that aesthetic stimuli are wrought from unspectacular subjects. Things seldom remain superficial. The ‘Expeditions into the Interior of the Country’ reveal ambivalences and lead to reflections which – sometimes subtle, sometimes untranslatable – connect our supposedly intact world with unsettling global challenges.

The curator complemented them with individual works from company collections and directly from artists. The 50 or so exhibits and installations in media are being shown in the 750 m2 central hall of the fair.

Represented Artists:

Stephan à Wengen | Tony Wuethrich Galerie, Basel

Judith Albert | Galerie Carla Renggli, Zug

Emmanuelle Antille | Art at Swiss Re Collection

Peter Baracchi | Galerie Soon, Bern

Bendji Bendji | AM Contemporary, Basel

Brigitt Bürgi | Courtesy the artist

Klodin Erb | Art at Swiss Re Collection

Tatjana Erpen | Hilfiker Kunstprojekte, Luzern

Romuald Etter | TuttiArt Luzern

Jeroen Geel | Hilfiker Kunstprojekte, Luzern

Franz Gertsch | Sammlung Hans Otto

Peter Gospodinov | AM Contemporary, Basel

Nina Hebting | Mylona Gallery, Grandvaux

Uwe Karlsen | Galerie Obrist, Essen

Lutz & Guggisberg | Courtesy the artists

Dierk Maass | Brouwer Edition, Berlin

Bruno Müller-Meyer | AB43 Contemporary, Thalwil

Augustin Rebetez | Helvetia Kunstsammlung, Basel

Valentin Roschacher | Bromer Kunst, Roggwil

Max Roth | Kaminska & Stocker, Yverdon-les-Bains

Hannes Schmid | Courtesy the artist

Markus Schwander | Tony Wuethrich Galerie, Basel

George Steinmann | Courtesy the artist

Studer/van den Berg | Helvetia Kunstsammlung, Basel

Not Vital | Verein für Originalgraphik, Zürich

Eric Winarto | Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Montreux

Uwe Wittwer | Helvetia Kunstsammlung, Basel

Peter Wüthrich | Galerie L‘Antichambre, Chambéry

Teres Wydler | Courtesy the artist

Dominik Zehnder | Tony Wuethrich Galerie, Basel