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The Bündner Kunstmuseum as guest at the Stadtgalerie Chur
Stadtgalerie Chur, December 17 to 23, 2014
As an artist Ester Vonplon crosses borders. That applies to her handling of the medium photography as well as to her concern with content, which takes her to remote places and to unchartered zones. Vonplon has been awarded this year’s Somedia art prize, which comes with a publication, the presentation of which is part of the Esther Vonplon exhibition at the Stadtgalerie Chur.
Point of departure for the art photographer Ester Vonplon (*1980) has repeatedly been the landscape. Specific thereby is not the concrete geographic location but the fact that landscape first and foremost appears as pliable matter and that it follows elementary conditions: We experience rock, snow, ice, sand, desert, clouds as diverse physical states in a continuing process of genesis and demise. With her work Ester Vonplon walks a fine line, along which the photograph still mirrors the visible world. At the same time, however, the medium, thanks to its highly experimental handling, manifests itself and allows us to reflect on the special conditions. The photographs are thereby concrete as well as abstract.
As viewers we are encouraged to understand the landscape as image and the image as landscape, and to focus our perception on the elaborations, which are nuanced by the raw materials. Occasionally that assumes very tangible forms, whilst elsewhere the artist touches the threshold of the invisible. The images by Ester Vonplon have got a keen suggestive power: Not only are her works a visual adventure, but they can definitely also be experienced physically, and they touch our innermost hearts. Landscape and photography fuse in these images into a manifestation of human existence. Here too Ester Vonplon reaches boundaries: She does not stop at the surface but always penetrates the depths. She sounds out unfathomable spaces, where there are no points of reference and tries to seize the elusive.
With the project “Kunst in der Südostschweiz” the Sommedia has been supporting current artistic work in the region since 2006 and has been granting an art award since 2012.
The related book series is published in cooperation with the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur.
Opening and Book Presentation:
Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at 6 pm, Stadtgalerie Chur
Welcome and Introduction: Stephan Kunz, Director Bündner Kunstmuseum
Presentation of the art book: Andrea Masüger, CEO Somedia
Children’s Workshop – Quiet Stories
December 17, from 2 pm to 4 pm
Registration required at alexa.giger(at)bkm.gr.ch or 081 257 28 72
Ester Vonplon. Warum ist die Stille der Landschaft so laut? Series Art in the Südostschweiz, with a preface by Stephan Kunz, published by Somedia Book Publishers and the Bündner Kunstmuseum, Glarus/Chur: somedia-Buchverlag, 2014, 80 pages, CHF 38.-
Open daily from 12 am to 6 pm
Michael Pankoks Refuge
Klinik Waldhaus, October 11, 2014 to January 11, 2015
The Bündner Kunstmuseum closed its doors on August 31, 2014 and will re-open in June 2016. In the meantime the Bündner Kunstmuseum is continuing its exhibition activity in its format of guest appearances, which has already been launched. With the exhibition of Michael Pankoks in the Klinik Waldhaus, Pankoks’ work will be extensively shown for the first time at the place where it originated.
Michael Pankoks (1894–1983) lived at the Klinik Waldhaus in Chur from 1951 up to his death in 1983. Pankoks was originally from Latvia; here too he was well known as a self-taught artist until his escape from the Soviet troops in 1944. Until that time he created several hundred works, mostly paintings, wood and stone sculptures, with which he drew attention to himself in numerous exhibitions. During his six years flight Mikelis Pankoks – Latvian spelling – spent his time mostly in German and Austrian camps. In the spring of 1951 the Latvian crossed the Austrian-Swiss border in Buchs where the European Aid transferred him to the clinic in Chur. Here Pankoks who had developed Schizophrenia did not resume his former artistic activity until 1960. He started carving various objects out of wood. In the process, he produced sculptural works, mostly in series, which covered such themes as cosmos, visions, man and animals. After his death 1983 Pankoks’ artistic legacy was handed over in equal parts to the Bündner Kunstmuseum as well as the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne.
The exhibition in the Clinic Waldhaus draws attention to Michael Pankoks’ refuge, his second home and artistic domain. After the first and only exhibition in the spring of 1991 at the Bündner Kunstmuseum in cooperation with the head physician, Benedikt Fontana, Pankoks’ oevre is now shown at the place of its origin. Around 80 wooden figures are presented together with some original documents relating to different aspects such as paradise and garden, war, music or water.
Place of Exhibition
Klinik Waldhaus, Loëstrasse 220, 7000 Chur
058 225 25 25, info(at)pdgr.ch
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6 pm, Klinik Waldhaus
Josef Müller, CEO PDGR
Stephan Kunz, Director Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur
Introduction to the Exhibition
Nicole Seeberger, Research Associate, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6 pm
Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6 pm
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6 pm
Tour through the exhibition with Armin Pirovino, former head of nursing at the Klinik Waldhaus. He knew Michael Pankoks personally.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7 pm
Movie night at the Klinik Waldhaus
Presentation of the award-winning documentary film “Zur Besserung der Person” (For the Betterment of a Person) (1980, German, 85 min.) by Heinz Bütler with a short introduction by Nicole Seeberger.
The Psychiatrist Leo Navratil gave the patients at the Niederösterreichischen Landkrankenhaus Gugging the possibility of being creative. This resulted in a touching film about people who live in their “own” world, have their own views and think up their own worldly wisdoms.
Educational museum tours for all school levels, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively.
Registration by phone 081 257 28 72 or email@example.com
The Fondazione Garbald celebrates a major anniversary in 2014. For this reason two exhibitions were set up in the Bergell in close cooperation with the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur that are dedicated to the cosmos Garbald: In the Ciäsa Granda in Stampa and in the Villa Garbald in Castasegna. Opening of both exhibitions is on May 31, 2014.
Silvia Andrea – Andrea Garbald. Arte e Poesia
Exhibition Museo Ciäsa Granda, Stampa, June 1 to October 20, 2014
Under the pseudonym Silvia Andrea, Johanna Garbald-Gredig (1840-1935) was active as a writer. With her historical novels and stories about the history of Graubünden as well as with delicate little essays she attracted attention across the border of her native canton. Her son, Andrea Garbald, was a photographer and an artist. He remained attached to his home the Bergell all his life, acted as chronicler of the valley and took portraits as well as picture postcards and landscape photographs. Parallel to the commissioned work he created an independent photographic oeuvre and developed a visual aesthetic that was unique for his time. Starting point of the exhibition in the Ciäsa Granda is the book by Silvia Andrea about the Bergell, which is accompanied by Andrea Garbald’s photographs. Literature and art come together most beautifully in the encounter between mother and son. If up to now mainly the big names of the artist family Giacometti established the reputation of the valley as a special place for art, then Silvia Andrea and Andrea Garbald, thanks to this exhibition, now also join in and give us new insight into life and work in the Bergell.
Katalin Deér. Eco Echo Garbald
Art Installation Villa Garbald, Castasegna, June 1 to June 28, 2015
For almost 10 years the Bündner Kunsmuseum uses the Villa Garbald as outpost. The rooms do not serve as a gallery but serve rather as a stimulus for art. In this anniversary year (150 years Villa Garbald, 10 years Denklabor Garbald) such a requirement is being particularly responded to. For the anniversary installation the artist Katalin Deér (*1965) takes a look at Andrea Garbald’s work and shows it afresh from a different perspective. With her camera she has done pictorial research and has taken pictures of the Garbald photographs in the archive and in the exhibition space. What has come to light is the photographic view: She shows us how Andrea Garbald saw things: How the people, the animals, the objects, the houses are both objects and subjects. And how his view on the nearest surroundings has always been a look into the distance as well. Thus Andrea Garbald’s entire world manifests itself in the selection chosen by Katalin Deér for this location. How he experienced it and set it into pictures – and how his view of things is felt by her as an artist of today.
The anniversary exhibitions on occasion of 150 years Villa Garbald/10 years Denklabor Garbald were organised by the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur. They were created in close cooperation with the Società Culturale/PGI Bregaglia as well as the Fondazione Garbald.
Opening: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Museo Ciäsa Granda
Welcoming Address: Bruna Ruinelli, President Società culturale / Pgi Bregaglia
Introduction: Stephan Kunz, Director Bündner Kunstmuseum
Welcoming Address: Vreni Müller-Hemmi, President Fondazione Garbald
Introduction: Stephan Kunz, Director Bündner Kunstmuseum