Jana Euler «Where the energy comes from» (30.08. – 09.11.14)
Kunsthalle Zürich presents the first comprehensive institutional solo show by Jana Euler (born in Friedberg, Germany in 1982, lives and works in Brussels). The exhibition is entitled «Where the energy comes from» and comprises all new works created for this show. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue are organised in collaboration with the Bonner Kunstverein, where the presentation will be on show from December 6, 2014 to February 22, 2015.
Jana Euler’s work encompasses a variety of artistic media, aesthetic decisions and discursive practices. Her paintings, sculptures and texts explore the possibilities of digital and analogue images and respond to our contemporary conditions of experience with optical, cognitive and sensual models and vehicles of reflection.
The real material and hyperreal states of objects and subjects carry equal weight in Euler’s works. Through their dynamic interplay in her works, figurative, abstract and surreal forms of representation shift our perception and the definition of reality and image. The figures in the artist’s paintings are simultaneously physis and bearers of wide-ranging social and cultural-historical relationships.
Slavs and Tatars «Mirrors for Princes» (30.08. – 09.11.14)
After the presentation of their audio-piece «Lektor» from February to August 2014 in the future public library, Kunsthalle Zürich now opens an extensive solo exhibition of the artist group Slavs and Tatars. Focusing on the “area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China”, the artistic and discursive work of Slavs and Tatars engages transcultural as well as transdisciplinary questions of history, politics, religion, and language. Language and its conditions of translation, enactment, and resonance provided the starting point for «Lektor’s» inquiry into the medieval genre called “Mirrors for Princes”. This kind of epic advice literature for rulers also serves as the title for the exhibition. The works on show perform a particular translation of literary tropes as well as vernacular objects, such as religious furniture or cosmetic tools, into art works that create new semantic relations within the realm of art. They further the investigation of speech and sovereignty, initiated by «Lektor’s» selection of verses performed in different languages over the last few months (together with an intensive programme of screening-performances and talks), towards a broader spectrum of aesthetic experiences to contemplate and re-enact.
Daniel Baumann appointed as new Director of Kunsthalle Zürich
Kunsthalle Zürich is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Baumann as new director. Daniel Baumann will succeed Beatrix Ruf, who will start her new position as director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam on November 1st, 2014, after her more than successful period as director for Kunsthalle Zürich.
Daniel Baumann will start his new position at Kunsthalle in November 2014 on a part-time basis and fully assume his position as new director on January 1st, 2015.
«Kadist – Kunsthalle Zürich Production Award 2015» goes to Zurich-based artists Flavio Merlo & Ben Rosenthal
A&Q – Answers, Questions, Artist Talks
LECTURE BY KERSTIN STAKEMEIER, FOLLOWED BY A CONVERSATION WITH JANA EULER
SATURDAY, 25.10., 4 pm
Further information about the events of Kunsthalle Zurich are available here.
SUNDAY, 2 pm: 12.10., 9.11.
THURSDAY, 6.30 pm: 30.10.
WEDNESDAY, 12.30 pm: 15.10., 5.11.
TUE / WED / FRI: 11 AM – 6 PM, THURS: 11 AM – 8 PM, SAT / SUN: 10 AM – 5 PM, MON CLOSED