curated by Sabine Schaschl, Evelyne Bucher and Eliza Lips
October 28, 2021 to January 16, 2022
For the first time, Museum Haus Konstruktiv is opening an exhibition that exclusively presents works on paper from its own collection. With selected printed graphics, drawings, gouaches, collages and photographs, we demonstrate this medium’s key role in the work of constructivist-concrete and conceptual artists.
Alongside painted works on canvas and sculptural works in granite, brass, acrylic glass and other materials, many representatives of constructivist-concrete art also worked with paper. Max Bill, Richard Paul Lohse, Karl Gerstner and Gottfried Honegger, for example, with their innovatively designed advertising posters, advertisements, books and company brochures, influenced modern Swiss graphic design and helped it to become internationally renowned. Also for their independent artwork, some constructivist-concrete artists intensively addressed the challenges and possibilities of graphics, and the use of various printing techniques.
Up to now, printed graphic artwork has rarely been focused on at Museum Haus Konstruktiv. The exhibition Works on Paper – From the Collection closes this gap. An assortment of printed works are presented, such as lithographs, copper engravings and serigraphs, including selected contemporary artists’ works on paper from the collection. Graphics, drawings, sketches, designs, gouaches, collages and photographs enter into an associative interplay of powerful placements, subtle nuances and unexpected accents.
Thus, the entire fourth floor of the museum provides multifaceted cross-generational insight into the work of constructivist-concrete and conceptual artists on, and with, paper.
With works by: Getulio Alviani (1939–2018), Arman (1928–2005), Frank Badur (b. 1944), Horst Bartnig (b. 1936), Etienne Béothy (1897–1961), Max Bill (1908–1994), Walter Dexel (1890–1973), Norman Dilworth (b. 1931), Florian Dombois (b. 1966), Burhan Doğançay (1929–2013), Rita Ernst (b. 1956), Corsin Fontana (b. 1944), Ryan Gander (b. 1976), Ludwig Gebhard (1933–2007), Karl Gerstner (1930–2017), Hans Jörg Glattfelder (b. 1939), Jean Gorin (1899–1981), Camille Graeser (1892–1980), Wade Guyton (b. 1972), Marguerite Hersberger (b. 1943), Anthony Hill (1930–2020), Gottfried Honegger (1917–2016), Malcolm Hughes (1920–1997), Karin Ilse Käppeli-von Bülow (b. 1943), Sol LeWitt (1928–2007), Richard Paul Lohse (1902–1988), Verena Loewensberg (1912–1986), Peter Lowe (b. 1938), Elena Lux-Marx (b. 1944), Kenneth Martin (1905–1984), Thomas Moor (b. 1988), Jean Pfaff (b. 1945), Ruth Pfalzberger (b. 1949), Sam Porritt (b. 1979), Dieter Roth (1930–1998), Manfred Schoch (1932–2015), Maya Stange (b. 1926), Jeffrey Steele (1931–2021), Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889–1943), Georges Vantongerloo (1886–1965), Victor Vasarely (1906–1997), Markus Weggenmann (b. 1953), Gido Wiederkehr (b. 1941), Gillian Wise (1936–2020), Susan York (b. 1951), Shizuko Yoshikawa (1934–2019) and Beat Zoderer (b. 1955).
Additional information and texts on many of the artists represented in the exhibition are available under Collection online >>>.
Exhibition view Museum Haus Konstruktiv, 2021. Photo: Stefan Altenburger (1) / Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Schematische Komposition, 1930 (2) / Walter Dexel, Komposition mit grossem schwarzem L [Composition with large black L], 1964 (3) / Ruth Pfalzberger, Ohne Titel [Untitled], 1971 (4) / Exhibition view Museum Haus Konstruktiv, 2021. Photo: Stefan Altenburger (5) / Ludwig Gebhard, Dimensionserweiterung [Dimension expansion], 1979 (6) / Collection Museum Haus Konstruktiv