The work of Swiss artist Roman Signer is featured prominently at the 48th International Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Venice.This content was published on June 13, 1999 - 09:50
The work of Swiss artist Roman Signer is featured prominently at the 48th International Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Venice.
The new director - Harald Szeemann of Switzerland – has promised viewers “a long walk with plenty of surprises”.
The title of this year’s exhibition is “d’APERTutto” - open to all - and it features the works of 100 artists from 59 countries. For the first time, the concept of individual country pavilions has been slightly modified - the Italian pavilion is being used to juxtapose works from Italy with those of other countries.
Szeemann said it was his intention to depict a variety of contemporary art without emphasising any one particular style. He added that initial reactions showed his aims had been understood.
The works of Signer - Switzerland’s official representative at the exhibition - can be seen at the Swiss pavilion. On display are five events-based sculptures.
One of two works on display by the Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist is an installation called Vorstadthirn” - “suburban brain” - a reflection of her own childhood in a detached house complete with barbecue and lawnmower. Rist uses a range of media - including models and video clips - to get her point across.
Other Swiss artists whose works are being shown include the late Dieter Roth, and the Berne-based painter and woodworker Franz Gertsch. Swiss artist Lori Herberger is exhibiting a giant floating patchwork carpet and Thomas Hirschhorn has created a display called “Flugplatz Welt/World Airport”.
The Biennale is on until November 7.
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