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NB: Anna Amadio / Vittorio Santoro

Exhibition view NB: Anna Amadio / Vittorio Santoro 2006, photo: David Aebi

Exhibiton view NB: Anna Amadio / Vittorio Santoro 2006, photo: David Aebi

Exhibition view NB: Anna Amadio / Vittorio Santoro 2006, photo: David Aebi

Exhibition view NB: Anna Amadio / Vittorio Santoro 2006, photo: David Aebi

Exhibition view NB: Anna Amadio / Vittorio Santoro 2006, photo: David Aebi

5. February – 19. March 2006

Kunstmuseum

The abbreviation NB stands for the exhibition series of the same name first mounted by the Bundesamt für Kultur in 1997 based on the two Swiss studio grants to New York and Berlin. Before these prestigious grants fell victim to the Bund's savings measures last year, Anna Amadio (*1960) and Vittorio Santoro (*1962) were the last to be able to benefit from them. They both lived and worked for a year in New York, respectively, Berlin. They have since returned to Switzerland and are now presenting new works at the Kunstmuseum Thun.

Under the Title “One Corner More” Anna Amadio is showing her latest large-format drawings using the frottage technique and has also developed a three-dimensional work specially for the rooms at the museum. The artist, who lives in Basel and Cologne, is known for her drawings and her expansive installations, which were initially conceived as transparent inflatable objects. Today, she mainly works with a vacuum technique whereby the air is sucked out of over-sized plastic tarpaulins so that the struture of the bodies beneath are outlined.

In the case of the works which the artist is presenting in Thun, she was inspired by house facades, open-plan offices and the hustle and bustle on the streets of New York. Both in her drawings and in her installation Anna Amadio has had recourse to the architectural structures of the metropolis. Among the coloured lines of her drawings On the two corners 1-7 (2005) we find figures, rows f houses and street corners. With her vacuum sculpture Lips Inc. (2006) Amadio develops an urban landscape based on the working cubicles of an open-plan office. Beneath the "vacuumed" plastic coverings, the standardised office furniture gives rise to an architectonic space, somewhere between standardised blocks of houses and individual mark.

Vittorio Santoro has gathered together different conceptional works under the heading “Everything is not lost”. In these works, man's capacity for emotion is addressed. Independently of any autobiographical references, Santoro explores structures of perception, interpretation, ascription. The new work on show at the Kunstmuseum Thun, Moving towards you, moving around you, moving against you, moving away from you (2005), is a filmic work whose three different endings are a source of irritation. Vittorio Santoro's room installations and works on paper allude to concepts such as curiosity, instinct, responsibility, doubt, power, and melancholy. When a neon sign asks, “What proves you are here?”, or a voice in the same room asks, “What proves you are not here?” (AN/ÄSTHESIE, 2005), or when, in the installation Swinging Doors (2006), a garden gate unexpectedly reacts to the visitor's movements, then the audience is confronted with an explicit challenge.

Catalogues
Anna Amadio: One Corner More, with texts (D/E) by Dorothea Strauss, Ralf Christofori, Madeleine Schuppli, published by Madeleine Schuppli, Kunstmuseuem Thun, ISBN 3-906537-19-6, price: CHF 28.–

Vittorio Santoro: EVERYTHING'S NOT LOST, with texts (D/E) by Kathleen Bühler, Paul Groont, Ulrike Gross, James Lord u.a. published by Daniel Kurjakovic, Revolver Verlag, ISBN 3-86588-231-5, price: CHF 42.–