7. February – 13. April 2009
Juxtaposed to the current positions of Delphine Coindet (F, 1969), Yves Mettler (CH, 1976) and René Zäch (CH, 1946), Kunstmuseum Thun presents works from its own collection. At the same time the focus is not on the figurative portrait sculpture, but largely on abstract forms from the 1950s till today.
The sculpture is one of the most innovative genres of fine arts of the last century. It encompasses not only an enormous spectrum of materials and techniques, but it always treads closer to art forms like constructive art, installation or environment and cannot be anymore clearly distinguished from them. The sculpture is no more an “object on pedestal” but appropriates the room and the architecture oftentimes in an annoying manner. The limits of the sculpture genre have become fluxionary and one tends to prefer the term “object” or “plastic”. On the other hand, assemblages or relief works are close to sculpture.
Giro Annen’s sculpture “Aufgeräumtes Zimmer” (“Tidy room”, 2006), which was added to the Kunstmuseum Thun collection in 2006, gave its name to the exhibition. Annen’ oeuvre is shaped by a number of styles and used materials and is thereby characteristic of the exhibition. Minimalist works of Paul Le Grand stand next to biomorphous forms of Hans Gerber, the syntheses of stereometric bodies by Mariann Grunder or light objects of Ruedi Guggisberg. The broadening of the generic term is ultimately particularly clear in the current positions, in which sculptural objects merge into installations and environments concentrate in objects.
With works from the collection by Giro Annen, Samuel Buri, Roberto De Luca, Franz Eggenschwiler, Hans Gerber, André Gigon, Fritz Gottardi, Mariann Grunder, Ruedi Guggisberg, Bernhard Hefti, Burkhard Hilty, Hans Ittig, Paul Le Grand, Lutz/Guggisberg, André Raboud, Albert Schilling, Niklaus Wenger und Werner Witschi.