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Four Evenings on Space and Time
HTW Chur, October 27, November 6, November 20, December 4, 2014, 6.30 pm
Within the “Gastspiele” of the Bündner Kunstmuseum there is a series of events at the HTW Chur: Video-art classics meet current positions that explore space by cinematic means. Artists and architects introduce their works personally and discuss the different concepts of real and immaterial spaces.
The Bündner Kunstmuseum under the direction of conservator Katharina Ammann has organised in cooperation with Daniel A. Walser of the Institute for Building in the Alpine Region IBAR of the HTW Chur, a cinematic series on the topic space and time. Starting from the pioneers of video-art and artists who are explicitly concerned with space and architecture, a programme of four evenings has been put together. Each of the evenings include film documents or videos that are introduced with a lecture, commented on by the artists or accompanied by a talk between artists and architects. The videos range from classics of the 1960s and 1970s such as Bruce Nauman, Gordon Matta-Clark, René Bauermeister, Jean Otth and Valie Export to young positions such as those of Zilla Leutenegger, Anina Schenker, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and Veronika Spierenburg. On the one hand the objective is to show specific developments within video art during the past forty years. On the other hand the event deals with questions relevant to architecture, such as how individuals position themselves in space, what the intermediate spaces signify, or how immaterial space in video relates to real space. The architects Anne Ullmann and Men Duri Arquint demonstrate how they react to artistic concepts in their buildings or how they themselves work together with artists. Aim of the series and the exhibition in the foyer of the HTW Chur is to offer an artistic approach to the subject of space in a mainly architecturally oriented environment such as that of the HTW Chur.
October 27 to December 4, 2014, 8 am to 8 pm
In the foyer of the HTW Chur video installations by Zilla Leutenegger and Anina Schenker are permanently exhibited for the duration of the events. In this way the space-time-theme is also conveyed expressly to the students outside of the evening events.
October 27 2014, 6.30 pm
“Investigating Architectural Spaces” – Bruce Nauman / Veronika Spierenburg
Katharina Ammann and Daniel A. Walser with Veronika Spierenburg
The American artist Bruce Nauman is regarded as one of the most important artists in the second half of the 20th century. In his video and performance works that often reach his own physical limits, he examines the possible relationships between space and body. The young Swiss artist Veronika Spierenburg also measures in sensual probings architectonic space with regard to its sense of scale and materiality.
November 6, 2014, 6.30 pm
“Physical Presence in Time and Space”, René Bauermeister / Jean Otth / Anina Schenker
Katharina Ammann and Daniel A. Walser with Anina Schenker
The Swiss video pioneers René Bauermeister and Jean Otth explored the cinematic medium in diverse experimental tests regarding its spatial and performative possibilities. The artist Anina Schenker who belongs to a younger generation is also seeking the physical and imaginary boundaries of cinematic space. She too places the technical conditions of the medium video in an exciting relationship to physical and psychological primal conditions.
November 20, 2014, 6.30 pm
“The Infinite Space” – Valie Export / Zilla Leutenegger / Birchmeier/Uhlmann
Katharina Ammann with Zilla Leutenegger and Anne Uhlmann
Austrian artist Valie Export has been explicitly dealing with questions of femininity and the positioning of woman in society and space since the late 1960s. Zilla Leutenegger admittedly also often appears as protagonist in her video works. However, she conveys a more androgynous, universally valid image of humanity. She often combines drawings and projections into complex spatial installations. Leutenegger enters into a dialogue with the architect Anne Uhlmann about the relationship between art and construction. Birchmeier/Uhlmann have constructed several buildings in Graubünden, among others the extension of the nursing home “Evangelisches Pflege- und Altersheim” Thusis (2012), the new building of the Kantengut apartments for the elderly in Chur (2009) or the extension and renovation of the nursing home “Alters- und Pflegeheim Casa Falveng”, Domat/Ems (2013).
December 4, 2014, 6.30 pm
“Intermediate Spaces in Architecture and Film” – Gordon Matta-Clark / Hubbard/Birchler
Katharina Ammann und Daniel A. Walser with Men Duri Arquint
The American artist Gordon Matta-Clark was a qualified architect and with his radical sculptural cuttings in abandoned buildings created new spaces and interpretations. The American-Swiss artist couple Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler fathom the narrative potential of spaces with their photos and films. With subtle space constructions, film cuts and tracking shots they create enchanting imaginary spaces between inside and outside. The architect Men Duri Arquint also works with intermediate spaces. His buildings, for instance the library in the Chasa Plaz in Ardez (2011), function by manipulation of intermediate space. Hereby new readings result but also functional processes that redirect space and make it tangible.
Admission to all events is free. Afterwards the bar is open.
HTW Chur, Auditorium
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft
Pulvermühlestrasse 57, 7004 Chur
+41 (0)81 286 24 24
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