Max Invoice, Ugo Rondinone, Meret Oppenheim, John Armleder, and others
Identical to its territory, with such numerous landscapes, Swiss artwork has something indefinable, a je ne sais quoi of hassle and, on the similar time, very specific. So, the expression chosen by the new Gagosian gallery to unite the good Swiss artists, Swiss Made, seems to us to be very properly chosen.
Far from the postcard imagery of a clean and picturesque Switzerland, the exhibition, following in the footsteps of Harald Szeeman’s Visionary Switzerland in 1992 at the Kunsthaus Zürich, celebrates this bizarre “little madness” and the somewhat iconoclastic and offbeat penchant of Swiss artwork. From the unbelievable floating landscapes of Ferdinand Hodler (1858-1918) to the Horror vacui (horror of the void) in the saturated and obsessive spaces of two of probably the most well-known representatives of Artwork brut: Adolf Wölfli and Aloïse Corbaz. Faces-masks and other Heads within the making, mixing the spot and the road of Paul Klee (round 1920) to the cut up face of Urs Fischer (2022): a big panel silk-screened on aluminum displaying a face with closed eyes framed in close-up, partially masked by the fragment of a second face, the whole immersed in a shower of shade/mild orange Pop hypnotic: of the artwork to use the strangeness and to throw suspicion on the pictures with impunity …
Swiss Made –
From Hodler to Urs Fischer
Gagosian Galerie, Gstaad – Promenade 79, 3780, Switzerland
Till September 17th