Archive: Art in Switzerland
Why do these massive piles of rubble fill up art spaces?

Why do these massive piles of rubble fill up art spaces?

's Main Hall, 2010, Installation View, Secession, Vienna, Austria
Lara AlmarceguiConstruction Rubble of Secession’s Main Hall, 2010, Installation View, Secession, Vienna, Austria

Spanish born Lara Almarcegui who currently lives in Rotterdam has always had a deep curiosity for examining processes of contemporary transformation that are brought about by the social, political and economic transformations in society. Since the early 1990s, Lara has examined urban areas that most artists choose not focus on such as rubble from construction materials and stuff from wastelands. Lara carefully catalogs and highlights each location’s inclination towards entropy or lack of order and predictability.

Her projects vary based on the intention of the message. For instance, she developed a guide to the wastelands in Amsterdam consisting of materials used to establish the wasteland in its raw form. Lara has managed to consolidate a reputation for herself as a respectable and revered artist in the global artist realm. In 2013, her work allowed her to act as Spain’s only representative in the 55th Venice Biennial.

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These Sol LeWitt sculptures have a lasting impact

These Sol LeWitt sculptures have a lasting impact

Sol Lewitt - Four-Sided Pyramid, 1999, first installation 1997, concrete blocks and mortar, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA 2
Sol Lewitt – Four-Sided Pyramid, 1999, first installation 1997, concrete blocks and mortar, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA

Sol LeWitt is an iconic artist who is regarded as a founder of both Minimal and Conceptual art. He believed that the figures that the mind can think of are possible to make and construct. To start his structural design making and abstract design actualization, he used the square as the reference figure where all the other figures were derived from it. His serial approach in making figures, using the square as the denominator structure, led him to advance further and make geometrical figures like triangles, circles and other figures using wood. In his five-decade career, he insisted that ideas were the backbone of his efficiency and art clarity.

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Colorful artworks: Designed to be walked over

Colorful artworks: Designed to be walked over

Joan Miró - 1970, earthenware, 10x50m, Terminal B, El Prat Airport, Barcelona, Spain detail
Joan MiróWall of the Barcelona Airport (detail), 1970, earthenware, 10x50m, Terminal B, El Prat Airport, Barcelona, Spain

If you have ever been to Barcelona, you must have walked over one of Joan Miro’s mosaics. The artist began to publicly display his work in 1976 when he chose the centre of Barcelona’s Rambla to permanently incorporate his work into a pavement. This was in fulfilment of a pledge he had made in 1968 to create four pieces of art which he would donate to the city of Barcelona where he was born. The use of different colors in the mosaic brings out the vibrancy that is his style of art. All the artwork that is associated with Joan Miró speaks the language of simplicity; generous use of color and simple shapes. More than four decades after his first outdoor work of art, the works of Joan Miró located in various parts of the world are enjoying facelifts of massive proportions.

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Bold statement made through new versions of 45 iconic flags

Bold statement made through new versions of 45 iconic flags

Wilfredo Prieto - Apolitico (for art and the city, Zürich, 2012) - 3

Wilfredo Prieto – Apolitico, Zürich, Switzerland, 2012
Wilfredo PrietoApolitico, Zürich, Switzerland, 2012

Next to Ai Weiwei’s Sofa in White another interesting artwork is on display at Art and the City in Zürich right now.

Apolítico is an installation by Cuban Wilfredo Prieto (1978), first created in 2001 and now showing 45 iconic flags by countries recognized by the United Nations. However, the artist stripped the flags of their familiar colors, creating abstract and egalitarian versions. The work is shown at the Hardturm Stadium, formerly a site of international soccer matches.

Wilfredo Prieto – Apolitico, Zürich, Switzerland, 2012
Wilfredo PrietoApolitico, Zürich, Switzerland, 2012

Wilfredo Prieto - Apolitico (for art and the city, Zürich, 2012) - 1
Wilfredo PrietoApolitico, Zürich, Switzerland, 2012

Wilfredo Prieto - Apolitico (for art and the city, Zürich, 2012) - 2
Wilfredo PrietoApolitico, Zürich, Switzerland, 2012

Wilfredo Prieto - Apolitico (for art and the city, Zürich, 2012) - 3
Wilfredo PrietoApolitico, Zürich, Switzerland, 2012

Photos: courtesy the artist und Art and the City


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Uncomfortable: These two couches are made from marble

Uncomfortable: These two couches are made from marble

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Ai Weiwei - Sofa in White, 2011, Zürich
Ai WeiweiSofa in White, 2011, Zürich

It looks like somebody has misplaced two couches right in the center of Zürich, but curious passers looking for a rest will be surprised, the furniture feels hard and cold and doesn’t deliver the expected comfort. The Sofa in White are two artworks made out of marble, created by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (1957).

For Art and the City, the largest outdoor exhibition of Switzerland, he placed The Sofa in White right in the financial district. The artworks look like a certain model of 1970s furniture, sold in millions especially to the Chinese middle class and turned into an icon of a generation, representing achievable modest wealth and comfort. Weiwei’s couches are handmade by Chinese craftsman using expensive marble, each piece is 1.020 kg heavy. They are currently in front of Credit Suisse, with UBS one of the two big banks that are situated at the Paradeplatz since the end of the 19th Century. This place is one of the world’s most expensive locations and became well known through international tv as almost every report about Swiss banks shows the Paradeplatz. Now it embodies the cliche of Swiss banks like no other and stands for money and gold, bank secrecy and money laundering and for bonuses and financial crisis. The seatings are a symbol for globalization, a source of major profits for the Credit Suisse.

Ai Weiwei’s The Sofa in White and other artworks are on display in the city space until September 23rd.

Art and the City takes place in Zürich right now and shows 40 works by artists like Doug Aitken, Paul McCarthy and others. The public art project coincides with the Venice Biennale and Kassel’s documenta, roughly located between their two venues.

Ai Weiwei - Sofa in White, 2011, Zürich
Ai WeiweiSofa in White, 2011, Zürich

Ai Weiwei - Sofa in White, 2011, Zürich
Ai WeiweiSofa in White, 2011, Zürich

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