April 12th, 2015

“Work Hard” at Swiss Institute

"Work Hard" at Swiss Institute

Artists: Edmond Bille, Vittorio Brodmann, Marguerite Burnat-Provins, Luciano Castelli, Claudia Comte, Sylvain Croci-Torti, Latifa Echakhch, Frédéric Gabioud, Mathis Gasser, Fabrice Gygi, Andreas Hochuli, Trix and Robert Haussmann, David Hominal, Bernhard Luginbühl, Urs Lüthi, Fabian Marti, Méret Oppenheim, Simon Paccaud, Mai-Thu Perret, Ugo Rondinone, Denis Savary, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely

Venue: Swiss Institute, New York

Exhibition Title: Work Hard

Curated by: Valentin Carron

Date: March 4 – May 24, 2015

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"Work Hard" at Swiss Institute

"Work Hard" at Swiss Institute

Denis Savary

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy of Swiss Institute, New York

Press Release:

Work Hard, the graffiti message enhancing this Lausanne public sculpture from 1945 by Pierre Blanc is the title of Swiss Institute’s latest exhibition and curatorial debut of celebrated artist Valentin Carron. Carron, who represented Switzerland at the 2013 Venice Biennale, selects an exceptional range of seminal artworks combining his key homegrown influences and inspiring contemporaries.

In a display of idiosyncratic experience, this exhibition presents a creative discourse between artworks through Carron’s perspective, revealing shared concerns and principles of his native country’s art. His focus on the poetics of vernacular invokes a quirky Swiss-ness while conjuring mythologies of labor. Furthermore, this exhibition sheds light on the aesthetic universe of Carron, providing foundations for his visual and conceptual vocabulary and allowing insight into a practice that combines strategies of appropriation with sculptural bravado.

Through an individual lens, Work Hard suggests an imaginary time and place in art history as past, present and future converge in a narrative of national identity and art production.

Link: “Work Hard” at Swiss Institute

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