19. September – 22. November 2009
A new generation of artists have appeared in recent years that have come up against power structures in the broadest sense in their creative work and consider their work as a form of resistance against the apparatuses of power. But what does "power" mean for this generation? What motivates them? Some of these artists deal firmly with specific political constructs in their content and analyse control models or representations of power, whereas others focus on broader contexts resulting from them. In the artistic verbalisation of the criticism of the existing, in the highlighting of grievances or alternatives, language, content and concept are often connected and the limits between artistic staging and political action disappear. The art acts directly on life and its duty is to awaken its aesthetic awareness, public spirit and spirit of resistance.
With Pièces de résistance, the Kunstmuseum Thun deals with a survey of the forms of political resistance in contemporary art and presents the most varied types of approach on the topic in a variety of media. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, the exhibition focuses on (besides insights into the artistic events in Switzerland) related developments in our neighbouring states in East Europe, where the social situation represents the opening of a basic starting point for the contemporary creative artists. Pièces de Résistance is undertaken in cooperation with Andrea Domesle (A) and Michal Koleček (CZ) and on the basis of their exhibition Why do you resist? Forms of resistance in contemporary art and society, which was already shown in Graz (Stadtpark) and in Usti nad Labem (Center for Contemporary Central European Art). The alteration in the name of the Thun exhibition results from the extensive enlargement of this original presentation.
Artists in the exhibition: Zbyněk Baladrán, Rebecca Bournigault, Thomas Galler, Heinrich Gartentor, Hanswalter Graf with the Widerstands-Allstars, Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid, Jana Gunstheimer, Fabrice Gygi, Thomas Hirschhorn, Alexey Kallima, Šejla Kamerić, Jiří Kovanda, Martin Krenn, Kristina Leko, Lucas Lenglet, Jérôme Leuba, Gintaras Makarevicius, Bettina Pousttchi, Oliver Ressler, Slaven Tolj, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor and Costa Vece.