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Bündner Kunstmuseum
CH–7000 Chur
Tel. ++41 81 257 28 68
Fax ++41 81 257 21 72
E-mail: info(at)bkm.gr.ch

Montag geschlossen
Di–So 10–17 Uhr
Donnerstag 10–20 Uhr


David Weiss

Werke 1968 bis 1979

15. Februar 2014 bis 18. Mai 2014

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Andrea Garbald

Fotograf und Künstler

15. Februar bis 11. Mai 2014

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Foto Szene Graubünden

Ein Projekt des Bündner Kunstmuseums in der Photobastei Zürich

17. April bis 4. Mai 2014

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Download Flyer FOTO SZENE GR

A Project of the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur

Photobastei Zürich, April 17 to May 4, 2014

The Photobastei is a high rise building in the centre of Zürich put to temporary use. It has been made available for photography until the end of August 2014 and offers space for different exhibitions on 7 floors. The Bündner Kunstmuseum is introducing the project FOTO SZENE GRAUBÜNDEN in the Photobastei.

The project FOTO SZENE GRAUBÜNDEN of the Bündner Kunstmuseum initiated in 2010 reflects the rich photographic work in and from Graubünden and is set up as a longer term research project, consisting of a website, exhibitions, events and publications. The corresponding collecting activities of the Kunstmuseum also contribute to establishing Graubünden as an attractive place for the exchange of ideas on photography. With the exhibition in the Photobastei the Bündner Kunstmuseum introduces the project FOTO SZENE GRAUBÜNDEN.

Graubünden is a rich storehouse of photography, the historical origin of which lies in the propagation of scenic beauty for tourism. The photographers of today are far from concentrating on images of intact mountainscapes, even though the tourism canton of Graubünden is still perceived in this way. The pictorial rendering of this special cultural region covers an enormous spectrum. This ranges from the unusual nature studies by someone like Guido Baselgia via spectacular landscape photos as those by Nicola Pitaro and Arno Hassler to the keen observations on agricultural or touristic use of the land (Gerber/Bardill, Jules Spinatsch). Likewise represented are positions that explore the medium photography in an experimental way such as those of Gaudenz Signorell, Dominique Teufen or Esther Vonplon and a high degree of abstraction is also reached (Hans Danuser, Bianca Brunner). The distinctiveness of this exhibition lies in showing the broad scope of the medium photography, whereby the main emphasis is less on the applied than on the artistic area. The fact that contemporary photography of Graubünden permanently exceeds the boundary of its own region and subject matter is self-evident. In this cultural area swarming out traditionally constitutes a deeply rooted trait that is experiencing a new dimension in our globalised age. Thus Stephan Schenk in his conceptual series takes us on a journey to different vistas seen from hotel rooms all over the world, while Kurt Caviezel collects webcam images at his home from around the world.

With the exhibit FOTO SZENE GRAUBÜNDEN in the Photobastei the Bündner Kunsmuseum presents the project with the web platform www.fotoszene.gr.ch and a selection of photographers: Andrea Badrutt / Guido Baselgia / Bianca Brunner / Kurt Caviezel / Hans Danuser / Gabriela Gerber und Lukas Bardill / Arno Hassler / Gian Paul Lozza / Nicola Pitaro / Florio Puenter / Stephan Schenk / Gaudenz Signorell / Jules Spinatsch / Dominique Teufen / Ester Vonplon 


Thursday, April 17, at 7 pm
Welcome and introduction: Dr. Katharina Ammann, Curator Bündner Kunstmuseum

Project presentation and tour through the exhibition:
Thursday, April 24 / May 1, at 7 pm 19 Uhr with Katharina Ammann

CHF 10.-/5.- (AHV, IV, Legi)

Photobastei, Bärengasse 29, 8001 Zürich

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 12 noon to 10 pm 


Plakat David Weiss

Works 1968 to 1979

Bündner Kunstmuseum, February 15 to May 18, 2014


David Weiss (1946-2012) is an internationally known Swiss artist who worked together with Peter Fischli starting in 1979 and who found widespread recognition and great popularity with his sculptural works, photographs and videos. His graphic work, which he did between 1968 and 1979, is less known and can now be newly discovered two years after the death of the artist in the exhibition at the Bündner Kunstmuseum.

For a long time his early works were not an issue for David Weiss. He put aside his graphic work when he began his collaboration with Peter Fischli, although he had gained quite a reputation among other things with his Regenbüchlein (up and down town) in 1975. The fact that he had also created an extensive oevre during this time and excelled in group as well as in solo exhibitions was gradually forgotten. In 1981 David Weiss and Peter Fischli exhibited individual works separately for the last time as part of the exhibition curated by Patrick Frey at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur. In the months before his death in 2012 David Weiss again attended to his early graphic work and in particular also prepared the publication of various art books, which had originated between 1973 and 1979.

For David Weiss narrative components and the imagery of comics stood in the foreground for a long time. In addition there was work in series as well as settings, which were downright cinematic. Beside images of the city and the night these are cosmic worlds culminating in abstract compositions with nets or spirals, which he varied again and again. David Weiss is a Romantic and a melancholic man. He knows the grand emotions and chooses motifs in which they are expressed. However, he knows that pathos can more or less always be kept at bay by means of irony.

The exhibition with works on paper some of them large-size at the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur is dedicated for the first time to this part of David Weiss’ oevre and permits a work known only to a few to be newly discovered.


Friday, February 14, 6 pm
Welcome and introduction: Stefan Kunz, Director Bündner Kunstmuseum

A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. 144 pages, Texts by Stephan Kunz and Iwan Schumacher. As well as by the Edition Patrick Frey: Nine books. 1973-1978.

Public Tours
Thursdays, 6 pm: Feb. 20, March 6 and April 3.
Sundays, 11 am: March 23 and May 4. 

Introduction for Teachers for Garbald and Weiss
March 5, 5 pm to 7 pm. Registration 081 257 28 72 or alexa.giger(at)bkm.gr.ch

Plakat Andrea Garbald

Photographer and Artist

Bündner Kunstmuseum, February 15 to May 11, 2014 


Andrea Garbald (1877-1958) remained bound to his native country, the Bergell, all his life. He acted as chronicler of the valley and took portraits as well as postcard images and landscapes. Parallel to this he created an independent photographic oeuvre and developed a visual aesthetic, which was unique for his time. The Bündner Kunstmuseum presents for the first time and comprehensively the work of Andrea Garbald as photographer and artist.

Andrea Garbald’s work must be seen in the rich cultural context, in which it originated: The Villa Garbald designed by Gottfried Semper, the library of the family, the mother Silvia Andrea’s literary work. Whilst Andrea Garbald’s portrait of the family Giacometti became world famous, its creator was forgotten. The commissioned work interested him less and less, however, through his free photography he was left to depend entirely on his own resources and largely withdrew. Thus his work also remained unknown. Not until years after his death did it come to light again. Today the estate is stored at the Bündner Kunstmuseum. The exhibition shows rare original prints. Parallel to this the numerous glass negatives are presented in a form developed especially for this event. Parts of the library and sound documents give further insight into the work of Andrea Garbald.

The exhibition is linked to the anniversary “150 Jahre Villa Garbald”. On this occasion the first monograph about the photographer and artist is being published. 


Friday, February 14, 6 pm
Welcome address: Regierungsrat Martin Jäger and Vreni Müller-Hemmi, President foundation Fondazione Garbald
Introduction: Stephan Kunz, Director Bündner Kunstmuseum

Beat Stutzer (Hg.), Andrea Garbald (1877-1958). Fotograf und Künstler im Bergell, published by the Fondazione Garbald and the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, with a talk between Stephan Kunz and Hans Danuser, text German and Italian, approx. 240 pages, 170 black and white illustrations

Public Tours
Thursdays, 6 pm: Feb. 27, March 13, April 24, May 8
Sundays, 11 am: April 13 

Special Events

Thursday, February 27, 7 pm, Werkstatt Chur
Andrea Garbald – Fotograf: Eine Spurensuche im Bergell
Presentation of the film by Peter Spring followed by a talk between Peter Spring, Daniele Muscionico and Stephan Kunz

Sunday, March 9, 11 am
Andrea Garbald. Der erste Künstlerfotograf Graubündens
Talk with Hans Danuser, Florio Puenter, Gaudenz Signorell and Stephan Kunz

Thursday, March 27, 6 pm
Andrea Garbald – vom Scheitern im Tal
Vortrag von Beat Stutzer

Internationaler Museumstag
Sunday, May 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Art Education

Workshop I
For children ages 6 – 8
March 5, 2014, 2 pm to 4 pm

Workshop II
For children ages 9 – 12
March 12, 2014, 2 pm to 4 pm

Atelier rumantsch
Ils 19 da mars 2014, da las 14 fin las 16

Photo Workshop for Youngsters
In cooperation with place4space / Jugendarbeit Graubünden

Introduction for Teachers for Garbald and Weiss
March 5, 5 pm to 7 pm. Registration 081 257 28 72 or alexa.giger(at)bkm.gr.ch