"Order is the Fringe of Chaos"
curated by Sabine Schaschl und Evelyne Bucher
Museum Haus Konstruktiv is honoring artist Florin Granwehr (1942–2019) with a retrospective. This sculptor and draftsman left behind a multi-layered oeuvre which, in addition to several realized art-in-architecture projects and sculptures in public spaces, also includes a wealth of sketches, models and drawings that have rarely seen the light of day. Via selected examples of his work, the full breadth of Granwehr’s oeuvre is now being shown.
Many Swiss people may have already encountered one or two of Florin Granwehr’s large sculptures: Born in St. Gallen, he made Zurich his adopted home back in the 1960s and was able to realize various works in this canton’s public spaces in particular, such as Raumwandler (1984) on the University of Zurich’s Irchel campus, Axiomat (1990) at the jetty in Wollishofen, and Angulon (1999) in front of the district court building. Transeunt, one of the last works he produced, has been standing in front of University Hospital Zurich’s staff-accommodation building since 2005. The exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv shows that Granwehr’s completed sculptures were always preceded by a multi-stage work process, leading from quick initial conceptual sketches on napkins to meticulously precise drawings, sculptural designs in wire and exact models in wood. The fact that this sculptor quietly developed an oeuvre of drawings comprising over 40,000 sheets, on which he worked incessantly until 2018, is also thematized in the exhibition.