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A presentation of the collection on the subject
of sculpture The Graubünden Art Museum is making sculpture the theme of the exhibition "Pedestal Stories". The show with works from the collection documents how flexible and broad the concept of sculpture is today. The type of sculpture on the high pedestal is history. With the programmatic dismantling of the pedestal and the involvement of the viewer, the sculpture has democratized and socialized. The exhibition "Pedestal Stories" in the extension of the Bündner Kunstmuseum shows works that have been created over the last 80 years or so and make this development clear. Each room is dedicated to a theme: diversity, dwelling, age and painting sculpture.
The collection exhibition with 33 works by 28 artists and a pair of artists extends over four rooms in the 1st basement of the new building.
Mirko Baselgia's souffleur boxes, which also serve as a symbol of the title of the exhibition, form the prelude in the main room on the subject of "diversity". At Baselgia, the stories from the pedestal-like boxes seem to be whispered to the visitors. Furthermore, works by Evelina Cajacob, Martin Disler, Bethan Huws, Vaclav Pozarek, Jürg Stäuble or Not Vital are shown here, whose placement in space and materiality could not be more diverse: wood, bronze, fur, terracotta, neon or water. Even the time factor plays an important role in Roman Signer's sculpture. And the bird-like object of Erica Pedretti floats over the ground.
The second room is dedicated to "dwelling". The house is a sign of the need for protection and security, whether as a simple and simple accommodation as in the stable of Gabriela Gerber & Lukas Bardill or for quiet contemplation and as a place of faith as in the temple of Franz Eggenschwiler.
Dominik Zehnder's boulder lets us look back on the Anthropocene, the earth age of man, in the third hall on the subject of "Ages" from the distant future. What remains of the present? For Corsin Fontana, Daniel Spoerri and Dieter Roth, transformation and decomposition processes are part of their works made of organic materials. Roth is convinced that art should also be like life and, exposed to the rhythm of time, should constantly change.
In the fourth room, on the theme of "painting sculpture", two paintings by Augusto Giacometti are in dialogue with an expansive, painted flat work by Adrian Schiess. With Stefan Gritsch, color becomes plastic, the boundaries between painting and sculpture become blurred, and with Hugo Suter, the material assemblage in the showcase-like box becomes the painting of a bouquet of flowers. Finally, Pascale Wiedemann places her garments cast in polyester resin in the dialogue of the centuries-old painting tradition of self-portraiture.
With: Mirko Baselgia, Flurin Bisig, Evelina Cajacob, Markus Casanova, Martin Disler, Franz Eggenschwiler, Corsin Fontana, Gabriela Gerber & Lukas Bardill, Stefan Gritsch, Hermann Hubacher, Bethan Huws, Leiko Ikemura, Sara Masüger, Erica Pedretti, Vaclav Pozarek, Dieter Roth, Christian Rothacher, Adrian Schiess, Roman Signer, Kurt Sigrist, Matias Spescha, Daniel Spoerri, Jürg Stäuble, Hugo Suter, Not Vital, Pascale Wiedemann and Dominik Zehnder.
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