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January 2015 to December 2015
For years the Bündner Kunstmuseum has been prominently present with three billboards in the underpass of Chur's railway Station. This will remain so while the museum is closed due to reconstruction. During this time the artist Alex Hanimann from St. Gallen will be showing a new work there every month.
In the context of his "Gastspiel", Hanimann who with his graphic work is one of the most important Swiss contemporary artists is concerned with the topic "Museum" and "Art". Paramount for the twelve-piece poster series is language, which the concept artist uses as an independent aesthetic medium. His "Facts and Opinions, Conjectures and Assertions" composed sketchily in typewriter script and pencil presents itself in a variety of forms, which range from complex mind maps to extensive term definitions. At a time in which the Bündner Kunstmuseum is trying to develop new perspectives, Hanimann's varied texts animate the passers-by in the station underpass, to stop for a moment in order to reflect and question traditional notions on art and ist related functions within the museum.
innocent sinister. Sennentuntschi
Rätisches Museum, October 9, 2015 to February 21, 2016
In the collection of the Rätische Museum Chur there is a rag doll made by Alpine herdsmen from the Calanca valley, which in the relevant literature is mentioned as the only real existing "Sennentuntschi". The Bündner Kunstmuseum grants this mysterious object a small exhibition and, as part of their "Gastspiel", brings contemporary art works to the rooms of the Rätische Museum.
Again and again man creates more or less incarnate counterparts of himself. What has been frequently taken up in mythology and the world of legends is also a favourite subject in literature and fine art. And just as the theme of the "Sennentuntschi" found its way into the world of theatre and cinema, it also finds its reflection in contemporary art. Hence the two artists from Zürich Klodin Erb and Eliane Rutishauser take their cue from the legend of the "Sennentuntschi" and approache the topic with subversive vigour. A long way from any moral impetus the artists emphasise in their multimedial group of work "Baby" the anarchic side of the story and play a sinister and sensuous game with our wishes and fears. The Bündner Kunstmuseum acquited this multi-part work in 2014 and brings it as "Gastspiel" into direct proximity to the strange "Sennenpuppe" from the Rätisches Museum. Thereby the focus is directed on a single object from the historical museum and at the same time a new acquisition of the Kunstmuseum is introduced and presented. That a male fantasy thus comes face to face with a female perspective is not accidental but intentional. As a result the legendary reality of the innocent sinister "Sennentuntschi" can at least be experienced in all its complexity.
Opening: Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 6 pm
Welcome: Andrea Kauer, Director Rätisches Museum
Introduction: Silvia Conzett, Project Manager Rätisches Museum, Stephan Kunz, Director Bündner Kunstmuseum
Unschuldig unheimlich. Das Sennentuntschi. Mit Werken von Klodin Erb und Eliane Rutishauser, ed. Stephan Kunz and Silvia Conzett, CHF 23.-
13 October, 12.15 pm; 10 November, 6 pm; 15 December, 6 pm; 26 January, 12.15 pm; 16 February, 6 pm
On the trail of a sinister legendary figure. Workshop for "Oberstufe" and "Mittelschule". Info and registration at www.rm.gr.ch
In 2015 HR Giger would have been able to celebrate his 75th birthday. The Bündner Kunstmuseum takes this opportunity to dedicate an exhibition at the Rathaus to the world-famous son of the city of Chur.
As one of the most important representatives of so-called Fantastic Figuration HR Giger (1940-2014) created a sensational and multifaceted oeuvre. Trained as both interior and industrial designer he understood how to transalte current fears and topics artistically as the return of the repressed, and thanks to this he holds an independent position. After the native of Chur in 1980 received an Oscar for the décor of the science fiction horror film Alien in the category of "Best Visual Effects" he became world-famous.
In the Rathaus the Bündner Kunstmuseum presents works by HR Giger from its own collection, the collection of the city of Chur as well as selected loans. The artistic spectrum ranges from early ink drawings to the nightmarish passages and the biomechanical figurations. In addition there is a selection of record covers, which Giger created for different international music bands such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer or the singer Debbie Harry of Blondie, all of which have in the meantime become rock-graphic classics. Furthermore, integrated in the exhibition is the documentation Passagen by the Swiss film-maker Fredi M. Murer of 1972 which offers personal and revealing insights into the life and work of the artist. On the occasion of the "Langen Samstag" the art museum also features a special programme within the exhibition.
Exhibition: November 13 to November 27, 2015
Exhibition Venue: Rathaus Chur, Poststrasse 33, 7000 Chur
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 12 am, 1.30 pm to 5 pm
Opening: Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 6 pm
Welcoming address: Doris Caviezel-Hidber, City Councillor Chur
Introduction: Stephan Kunz, Director Kunstmuseum Chur
With subsequent Aperitif
"Langer Samstag", November 14: Open 12 am - 24 pm
Tours through the exhibition, starting times: at 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 pm
Who are you, Mr. Giger? Giger Laboratory of the educational department, 12 am - 12 pm
HR Giger in music - the Swiss artist Ian Anüll plays records by rock bands, for which among others Giger was the illustrator, 6 / 8 / 10 pm
KinoCenter Chur, Dark Star - HR Giger's World, 2014, 95 min, 3.30 pm
Tours for School Classes
Information and registration: 081 257 28 72 or alexa.giger(at)bkm.gr.ch, www.buendner-kunstmuseum.ch/kunstvermittlung/Veranstaltungen/schulen
Art Installation Villa Garbald, Castasegna, July 5, 2015 to July 31, 2016
The Fondazione Garbald in Castasegna runs a «Denklabor» (think lab) and carries the openminded spirit of the family Garbald into the future. For this the Villa, planned by Gottfried Semper, and the new tower by the architects Miller&Maranta stand available. For the past 10 years the Bündner Kunstmuseum has collaborated by bringing special impulses to this location through annually changing presentations. In doing so the Bündner Kunstmuseum strives particularly to preserve the legacy of the photographer and artist Andrea Garbald and to keep alive the art of photography in this house. Following this principle the artist Florio Puenter from St. Moritz has been invited. He has made a specific selection of his work and with the medium of photography and its history, has laid a unique trail of controversy throughout the rooms of the Villa. The presentation also affords deeper insights into this work, which is documented in the accompanying publication as well.
Opening: Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 5 pm
Welcoming Address: Vreni Müller-Hemmi, President Fondazione Garbald
Introduction: Stephan Kunz, Director Bündner Kunstmuseum
Public tours are every Saturday (summer) and on Thursdays (winter) at 3 pm. Reservation by phone 081 838 15 15 or www.garbald.ch (events calendar)
November 29, 2015 - February 21, 2016
Opening: Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 5 pm, Kunsthaus Zug
The exhibition Charaktere brings together a large group of important works from the distinguished collections of the Bündner Kunstmuseum and the Kunstmuseum Zug and directs the focus on selected highlights from both collections. The presentation is one of several collaborations, which the Kunsthaus Zug has organised in the last few years, It can be seen as an exemplary working relationship between two Swiss art museums and extends beyond the borders of a confined region in order to activate the potential of two public collections with historical backgrounds in order to show contrasts and similarities between the two.
A defining characteristic of the Bündner Kunstmuseum collection, which has grown over a period of more than one hundred years, is ist concern with landscape. Giovanni Segantini and the expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner searched for and found in Graubünden - from the perspective of city dwellers - an unspoilt countryside. The resulting works shape our image of the Alps to this day. Segantini's oeuvre influenced the young Giovanni Giacometti, and because of Kirchner, Herman Sherer and Albert Müller from Basel came to Davos. Kirchner's expressive art works and Egon Schiele's from Zug respond to the profound, sophisticated group of works from Chur. Equally affected by the Graubünden landscape were Alberto and Diego Giacometti, although both moved in Parisian avant-garde circles. An important theme of the exhibition will be sculpture beginning with Alberto Giacometti and the Austrian sculptor Fritz Wotruba who plays a prominent role in the Zug collection.
Also shown are contemporary artists from Graubünden, first and foremost the photographers Hans Danuser, Gaudenz Signorell, Guido Baselgia and Ester Vonplon who are confronted with current positions from the art museum Zug.
Beyond the dialogue between two collections the exhibition Charaktere also gives us the opportunity to think about the handling of historically developed public collections and how they, together with the buildings in which they are housed, establish identiy and define the cultural individuality of a place and of a region. And last but not least it can be seen as a kind of sneak preview to arouse the curiosity of the public concerning the new, larger Bündner Kunstmuseum.
Wege der Sammlung I
Saturday, November 28, at 5 pm, in the Auditorium of the Pädagogische Hochschule Zug, Zugerbergstrasse 3, 6301 Zug
Address: Dr. Matthias Haldemann, Director Kunsthaus Zug, Barbara Gabrielli, Head of Department of Culture, Canton Grisons, Stephan Kunz, Director Bündner Kunstmuseum, Dr. Marco Obrist, Collections Curator Kunsthaus Zug
Tours 10.30 am - 12.00 noon respectively
Sunday, November 29 With Matthias Haldemann
Sunday, December 13 With Stephan Kunz and Marco Obrist
Sunday, January 24 With Nicole Seeberger, Research Assistant, Bündner Kunstmuseum
Sunday, January 31 Tour of the Exhibition in English with Marco Obrist
Art at Midday 12.00 am - 12.30 respectively
Tuesday, December 15 Jean-Fréderic Schnyder, "Sonnenaufgang am Zugersee", 1996, with Matthias Haldemann
Tuesday, January 12 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner und Lise Gujer: Bildteppiche, with Marco Obrist
Tuesday, January 26 Contemporary Art from Graubünden, with Nicole Seeberger
Tuesday, February 2 Augusto Giacometti and Gustav Klimt, "Blumenbilder", with Sandra Winiger, Head Art Education
Tuesday, February 9 Photography: Guido Baselgia, Gaudenz Signorell, Hans Danuser, with Marco Obrist
Contact & Opening Times:
041 725 33 44
Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday 12 noon to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am to 5 pm, closed Monday
Christmas Eve, 24th, Christmas Day, 25th December and New Year, closed January 1
Boxing Day, 26th, New Year's Eve, December 31st and January 2nd open from 10.00 am - 5 pm respectively
Admissions: CHF 12.-/10.- reduced, events are included in the admission fee