Museum. Collection. Future.
curated by Sabine Schaschl, Evelyne Bucher, Eliza Lips
On the occasion of its 35th anniversary, Museum Haus Konstruktiv was pleased to show a spectacular collection exhibition. Under the title RESET, selected new additions were presented, together with outstanding collection pieces that have not been shown for some time. In the Spotlight section, these chosen artworks were supplemented by four relatively young Swiss artists’ newly produced works. On the basis of their positions, we demonstrated the direction in which our collection could be extended in the future.
The drive to keep addressing the in-house collection in depth, enhancing and shedding light on its various facets, is always present in the museum’s work, but has been further intensified by the pandemic. In the title RESET, we made reference to a concept from electronics, which describes returning a system to its defined initial state. With such a process in mind, we reflected on our core tasks in this show: collection, conservation and mediation of constructivist-concrete and conceptual art. Where did our collection begin? How did it come across at the moment? Where is it heading? And how is it linked to current issues and developments?
The result was an exhibition that encompassed painting, sculpture, installation and video, while also generating new conceptual spaces by drawing astonishing connecting lines: from the most recent acquisitions and donations, to older collection pieces by artists outside the Zurich Concretists’ innermost circle.