Tony Cragg - Alberto Garutti - Martin Disler - Bettina Pousttchi - Alex Dorici - Thomas Virnich - Véronique Arnold Ceramica / Céramique / Keramik
19 Feb—31 May 2017

Tony Cragg - Alberto Garutti - Martin Disler - Bettina Pousttchi - Alex Dorici - Thomas Virnich - Véronique Arnold Ceramica / Céramique / Keramik

19 Feb—31 May 2017
Press release

We are pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition devoted entirely to ceramics. The show features the work of seven artists: Tony Cragg (*1949, Liverpool), Alberto Garutti (*1948, Galbiate), Martin Disler (1949, Seewen – 1996, Geneva), Bettina Pousttchi (*1971, Mainz), Alex Dorici (*1979, Lugano), Thomas Virnich (*1957, Eschweiler) and Véronique Arnold (*1973, Strasbourg).

 

One of the most ancient materials in human history, ceramics has been used to produce pottery, crockery, decorations and construction materials since the origins of man. Properties like elasticity, wear resistance and durability have allowed a widespread use of ceramics in both sculpture and architecture. In all of its different forms (firing temperatures, composition, glazes, paint, etc.), ceramics has been an integral part of the history of human evolution since antiquity.

 

The exhibition at Agra takes a look at contemporary artistic production focusing on ceramics. The show includes the work of seven of the gallery’s artists: Sir Tony Cragg (knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2016) presents works from the 1990s, and two more recent small sculptures. Alberto Garutti, well known for his radical and conceptual approach to art, has created a work especially for this exhibition. The show also features several terracotta pieces by Martin Disler that were recently displayed at the Kunsthalle in Bielefeld and published in the exhibition catalogue. Drawing inspiration from her special interest in architecture, the Berlin-based German-Iranian artist Bettina Pousttchi produces works in which seriality and spatial dynamism delineate a substantial equilibrium of form. Alex Dorici’s installation is inspired by the azulejo tiles of Portugal’s architectural tradition. There are also glazed ceramic works by Thomas Virnich, some of which were presented in early 2016 in Tony Cragg’s venue in Wuppertal. Finally, Véronique Arnold presents a delicate, poetic new work alluding to Japanese traditions relating to the passing of time and the ephemeral existence of human beings.

 

These artists put forward a wealth of different interpretations of a common medium, ceramics. Some works recall the plant or the animal kingdom; others reflect on the relationship between architecture and space; still others engage directly with the surrounding environment. The exhibition offers a varied, singular group of works centring on the artistic ceramic production of local and international artists, providing an opportunity to discover new stimuli and to be amazed by the uniqueness of the works.

 

For further information:

 

Buchmann Galerie

Via Gamee, CH-6927 Agra (Collina d’Oro)

Open by appointment

 

 

buchmann.lugano@bluewin.ch / www.buchmanngalerie.com

Comunicato stampa

Abbiamo il grande piacere di annunciare l’apertura della mostra tematica dedicata interamente alla ceramica. Sette gli artisti in mostra: Tony Cragg (*1949, Liverpool), Alberto Garutti (*1948, Galbiate), Martin Disler (1949, Seewen-1996, Ginevra), Bettina Pousttchi (*1971, Mainz), Alex Dorici (*1979, Lugano),Thomas Virnich (*1957, Eschweiler), Véronique Arnold (*1973, Strasbourg).           

La ceramica è uno dei più antichi materiali utilizzati dall’uomo sin dalle sue origini per produrre vasellame, stoviglie, decorazioni o materiale per la costruzione di abitazioni. Le sue proprietà plastiche, la resistenza e la durata nel tempo hanno permesso una grande diffusione della ceramica sia in scultura che in architettura. La ceramica, in tutte le sue forme (diversi gradi di cottura, composizione di materiali diversi, smaltata, dipinta e via dicendo) è parte integrante della storia evolutiva dell’essere umano sin dall’antichità.

 

L’esposizione tematica di Agra intende gettare uno sguardo sulla produzione artistica contemporanea in cui l’utilizzo della ceramica è al centro dell’attenzione. In mostra le opere di sette artisti della Galleria; Sir Tony Cragg, (da giugno 2016 nominato Cavaliere dalla Regina Elisabetta II) presenta dei lavori realizzati nel corso degli anni Novanta e due piccole sculture più recenti. Alberto Garutti, noto per il suo approccio artistico radicale e concettuale, ha concepito e creato un’opera appositamente per la mostra. Inserite nel percorso espositivo vi sono più opere in terracotta di Martin Disler esposte di recente alla Kunsthalle di Bielefeld e riprodotte nel relativo catalogo della mostra. L’artista tedesco iraniana Bettina Pousttchi, traendo spunto dal particolare interesse per l’architettura, realizza delle opere in cui serialità e dinamismo spaziale disegnano un sostanziale equilibrio della forma. Alex Dorici è presente con una sua installazione ispirata all’azulejo, piastrella in ceramica appartenente alla tradizione architettonica del Portogallo. Saranno esposte anche opere in ceramica smaltata di Thomas Virnich, in parte presentate ad inizio 2016 nello spazio espositivo di Tony Cragg a Wuppertal. Véronique Arnold propone infine un nuovo lavoro, delicato e poetico, che fa riferimento alla tradizione giapponese in relazione allo scorrere del tempo e all’effimera esistenza dell’essere umano.

 

Una proposta ricca di interpretazioni differenti basate su di un comune medium che è la ceramica; opere che rievocano il mondo vegetale e altre quello animale, opere che riflettono sul rapporto tra architettura e spazio, altre ancora che si relazionano direttamente all’ambiente circostante. La mostra offre un gruppo di lavori variegato e singolare incentrato sulla produzione artistica in ceramica di artisti locali e internazionali. Un’occasione per scoprire nuovi stimoli e  lasciarsi stupire dalla particolarità delle opere.

 

Per maggiori informazioni:

 

Buchmann Galerie

Via Gamee, CH-6927 Agra (Collina d’Oro)

Aperto su appuntamento

 

 

buchmann.lugano@bluewin.ch / www.buchmanngalerie.com

Véronique Arnold

Born 1973 in Strasbourg.

Lives and works in Mulhouse.

Grants and Awards

2018               Prix de la Culture de la Ville de Mulhouse

Solo Exhibitions

2021
2020
2019
2018
2015
2014
2012
2010
2008
2007
2006
2005

Group Exhibitions

2020
2018
2017
2015
2014
2012
2010

Tony Cragg

Born 1949 in Liverpool. Lives and works in Wuppertal.

Education
2009 - 2013 Director of Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
2002 Professorship for sculpture at UdK Universität der Künste, Berlin 
Member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin
1994 Member of the Royal Academy, London
1979 Professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1973 - 1977 Royal College of Art
1968 - 1972 Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, Cheltenham und Wimbledon School of Art
1966 – 1968 Lab Technician at the National Rubber Producers Research Association
Grants and Awards
2017

Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, International Sculpture Center

2016

Knight Bachelor of the British Empire

2013

Chaire de Création Artistique, Collège de France

Rheinischer Kulturpreis, Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Rheinland

2012 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany 1st Class
Artist's Medal of Honor of the Hermitage, Russia
2009 Honorary doctor of the Royal College of Arts
2007 Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture, The Japan Art Foundation
2005 1st Prize for Best Sculpture, 2. Biennale Beijing
2002 Commander of the Order of the British Empire
2001 Honorary Fellowship John Moores University, Liverpool
Shakespeare-Prize
1992 Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres
1989 Von-der-Heydt-Prize, Wuppertal  
1988 Turner Prize
British
 Representative at the 43rd Venice Biennale

Solo Exhibitions

2021
2019
2018
2017
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
1980
1979

Group Exhibitions

2020
2018
2017
2015
2014
2012
2010

The Estate of Martin Disler

born 1949 in Seewen/CH, died 1996 in Geneva.

Solo Exhibitions

2018
2017
2016
2014
2013
2007
2006
2005
2004
2001
1999
1998
1997
1994
1993
1992
1990
1989
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
1980
1978
1976
1975
1974
1973
1972
1971
1970

Group Exhibitions

2020
2018
2017
2015
2014
2012
2010
Selected Collections

Kunstmuseum Aarau

Sammlung Barbier Müller Genf

Emanuel Hoffmann Stiftung, Basel

Kunstmuseum Basel

Kunstmuseum Bern

Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen

Gottfried Keller Stiftung Zürich

Kunstmuseum Chur

Graphische Sammlung ETH, Zürich

Museum Folkwang, Essen

Groninger Museum, Groningen

Musée des Arts et Histoire, Genève

Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel

Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf

Musée des Beaux Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg

Lenbachhaus, München

Stiftung Sammlung Marx, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin

MoMA, New York

Musée des beaux-arts, Neuchâtel

Kunstmuseum St Gallen

Universität St.Gallen

Musée cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne

Muséé des beaux-arts, Le Locle

Kunstmuseum Luzern

Sammlung Nationale Basel

Kunstmuseum Olten

Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen

Kunstmuseum Solothurn

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Tate Gallery, London

Sammlung Nationale Basel

Museum moderner Kunst, Wien

Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Wien

Kunstmuseum Zürich

Alex Dorici

Born in 1979 in Lugano from an Italo-Portuguese family.He studied at the artistic high school

G. Terragni, Como, at the SUPSI, Lugano, and the Accademia Aldo Galli, Como where in 2005

he obtained his degree in etching and painting. He worked for 5 years in Paris. He lives and works in Lugano.

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

 

2018      Special award “Artist in Gallery”, international competition Arte Laguna Prize, Venice

 

2017      Honorable Mention by the Académie de Lettres et Arts Luso-Suísse

              for the spread and development of Portuguese culture abroad

 

2015      First prize for the realization of the work Installation Rope 125 meters Light 

              Punto Città Pregassona, Città di Lugano 

 

2014      The Bally Foundation for Culture has named Alex Dorici as Bally Artist of the Year

              The CULT TV program of the Radio Televisione della Svizzera Italiana (RSI), which oversees

               cultural and artistic promotion nominates Alex Dorici as its: "Artist Cult 2013"

 

2004      2nd place, Vittorio Viviani Prize, Milan

              2nd prize at the Biennale d'incisione, Como

 

2003      1st prize with the short film “Saudade Itamar” in the video section of t  he Angelo

              Tenchio Study Competition, Como

 

PERMANENT INSTALLATIONS

 

2019      NeuralRope#1. Inside an Artificial Brain, in collaboration with Luca  Maria Gambardella

              pedestrian tunnel Lugano-Besso

              Portugal al cubo #729, Scuola Media Caslano

 

2018      Scotch Drawing White #21032018 urban intervention realized

              at the Valsangiacomo Centre Chiasso

 

2017      Portugal al cubo #245, Restaurant Agua, Lugano

 

2016      Azulejos Light Line #844, ex Buchmann Galerie, Agra

              Installation Rope 300 meters Light, Torre del Capitano, Morcote

 

2015      Installation ROPE 250 light, Punto Città, Pregassona, Città di Lugano

 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2021     Geometric Series, Buchmann Lugano 

 

2020     Diario di Viaggio, Buchmann Lugano

             Pop Up Room Blue Line, Lugano

 

2019     Dois Quartos 2/4, Galeria Fernando Santos, Porto

 

2018     Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca, Locarno

 

2017     Portugal al cubo #729, Buchmann Lugano

             #9 Rooms, Art Foundation Erich Lindenberg / Museeum Villa Pia, Porza

 

2015     Pointillism Garden Balls #2, Buchmann Lugano

             Cromie, personal exhibition of etchings and prints from the Parisian period 2005-2010

             at Panizza exhibition room,  "Il Brunitoio", Ghiffa

 

2014     3D light cube, Galleria Arrivada, Chur

             Save the Whale, installation realized in occasion of the Longlake Urban Art Festival, Lugano

 

2013     Scotch Drawing #07072013, urban intervention realized in the great hall of the Università

             della Svizzera italiana, promoted by Arte Urbana Lugano on the occasion

             of Street Art  Longlake Festival, Lugano

             Videoinstallazione extra muros, curated by Riccardo Lisi

             Spazio d’arte contemporanea La Rada Locarno in collaboration with i2A, Vico Morcote

 

2012     Social Implosion, curated by Michele Balmelli, Artelier, Lugano

 

2011     Stiamo lavorando per voi, curated by Valeria Donnarumma and Arte Urbana Lugano

             Exhibition space Lab-Comacina, Lugano

 

2010    Installazione modulare # 1000 Color, curated by Marcel Scheidegger work commissioned

            by graphic arts industry Fratelli Roda, Taverne

 

2008     Cube de la paix, curated by the cultural services of the city of Malakoff, Paris

              Installazione modulare #664, curated by Hervé Gérland, ex Cinema Marcel Puyol, Paris

 

2007      Installazione modulare #1140 moduli, Artelier,Lugano

 

2006      Filosofia della forma, curated by Vítor Nogueira and Alexandro Castro

              Centro culturale Vila Real e Bragança, Portogallo

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2021     Nach Rauschen, Chur

             Vorüber_Gehend Idylle und Künstlichkeit,

             7. Biennale Weiertal 2021, Winterthur

             Dietikon Lichtkunst Erleben 2021, Dietikon

 

2020     Biennale Bregaglia 2020, Bondo-Promontogno, Val Bregaglia

             Bex & Arts, Triennial of Contemporary Sculpture, Bex

 

2019      Begegnungen 2019, Kunstprojekt beim Rosenhügel, Chur

 

2018      neoscope 18 - Junge Kunst reflektiert zofiscope 1974, installation Azulejo Light Line 

              performance Scotch Drawing, Kunsthaus Zofingen

              Jetzt Kunst no°6, Max Frisch Bad, Zurich

              Lo spazio ritrovato, Rassegna d’arte pubblica, Morcote

              Sm’arte 2018, Street Art Festival, Braganca, Portugal

 

2017      Ceramica / Céramique / Keramik, with Tony Cragg, Alberto Garutti

              Martin Disler Bettina Pousttchi, Thomas Virnich, Véronique Arnold, Buchmann Galerie, Agra

 

2016      Un percorso d’arte, Public Art, Morcote

 

2015      Jungkunst, Container museum, Winterthur

               Flowers for you, Buchmann Galerie Agra

               Nulla dies sine linea, con Zimoun , Arlette Ochsner, Monika Feucht , Maja Rieder,

               Kunsthaus, Zofingen

 

2014     Seguire il filo del discorso, with Marco D’Anna (photographs)

             Alberto Garutti (artwork), Buchmann Galerie Agra

             It’s About Time, curated by Daniela Hermosilla, Alte Kindl Brauerei, Berlin

 

2013     Artelier 14°. Group exhibition by Alex Dorici, Luigi Boccadamo

             Daniel Kemeny and Andreas Fischbach, curated by Michele Balmelli, Artelier, Lugano

              Premio Giovani artisti 2013, Fondazione Gino a Gianna Macconi with M.A.X Museo,  Chiasso

              L’AM. L’arte della memoria, curated by EGO Gallery and Ticino off Villa Ambrosetti,  Gentilino

              Lightness, curated by Paola Silvia Ubiali

              Galleria Marella arte moderna e contemporanea, Bergamo

              Arspolis #3, contemporary art event in the city, curated by Michele Balmelli, Lugano

 

2012      Jungkunst, curated by Martin Landolt, Halle 52 Winterthur

              KunstNacht, curated by Richard Tisserand, Kreuzlingen

              Lightness Collective Show, curated by Maria Grazia Lurgo, MyaLurgo Gallery, Lugano

 

2011      Going Public, curated by Paolo Bianchi, Barbarian  Art Gallery, Zurich

              Open Gallery #2, Coldretor, curated by Riccardo Lisi, Artelier, Lugano

 

2008      Paristoutcourt, 6° International Short Film Festival, Paris

              L’Atelier Contrepoint curated by Matej Longyka, Maat Gallery, Paris

 

2007      Paris 1927/2007, Atelier 17- Contrepoint, International Engraving Exhibition

              L' Arte e il Torchio, Museo Civico Ala Ponzone, Cremona, Italia

              Biennial of engraving, City of Evora, Portugal

 

Group Exhibitions

2020
2018
2017
2015
2014
2012
2010

Alberto Garutti

Born in 1948 in Galbiate

Lives and works in Milan

Solo Exhibitions

2021
2019
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989
1988
1987
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
1980
1979
1978
1977
1976
1975

Group Exhibitions

2020
2018
2017
2015
2014
2012
2010
Permanent Installations and Commissions

2012Permanent artwork, Porta Nuova-Garibaldi, Milan
2011Permanent artwork, Malpensa airport, Stazione Cadorna, Milan
2005Appointed for the enclosure project of the garden in front of the Fondazione Sandretto, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Invitation contest for the new Cittadella Giustizia, Venice
2002Artwork for the Sant'Andrea Hospital, Rome
1999Artwork for the Pietrasanta Hotel, Room 101, Pietrasanta Forte dei Marmi
1998Permanent artwork, Piazza Dante, Bergamo
1996Artwork for Palazzo Cordati, Fondazione Teseco per l’Arte, Barga
Permanent artwork, Piazza Pontida, Bergamo
1993Permanent artwork, Hotel Palace, Room 402, Bologna

Bettina Pousttchi

Born 1971 in Mainz. Lives and works in Berlin.

Education
1999/2000 Whitney Independent Studio Program, Whitney Museum, New York
1995-1999 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (with Prof. Gerhard Merz and Prof. Rosemarie Trockel)
1992-1997 Studies in philosophy, art and film history, Universities of Cologne and Bochum
1990-1992 Studies in Fine Art, Université de Paris 
Grants and Awards
2016 Villa Aurora, Los Angeles

2014

Wolfsburg Art Award

2008

TrAIN Research Center for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts, London
2007 BBAX - Berlin Buenos Aires Art Exchange, Buenos Aires
2005 Provinzial Förderprojekt
2000 Kunststiftung NRW

 

Solo Exhibitions

2021
2020
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000

Group Exhibitions

2020
2018
2017
2015
2014
2012
2010
Selected Collections

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington DC

Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas

Margulies Collection Miami

Rennie Collection Vancouver

The Arts Club of Chicago

The Phillips Collection Washington DC

Freybe Collection Vancouver

Nasher Collection Dallas

Albertina Vienna

Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art Berlin

Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Hall Collection New York

Blake Byrne/Skylark Foundation Los Angeles

Levine Collection Washington DC

Wemhöner Collection Herford/Berlin

Kadist Collection Paris

Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany

University of Cologne

Von-der-Heydt Museum Wuppertal

Absolut Art Collection Stockholm

Wolfsburg City Art Gallery

MMAG Foundation Amman

Thomas Virnich

Born 1957 in Eschweiler. Lives and works in Mönchengladbach.

Education
1978-1981 Studium an der RWTH Aachen bei Joachim Bandau
1981-1985 Studium an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf bei Alfonso Hüppi und Eugen Gomringer
seit 1992 Professur an der Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig

 

 

 

Grants and Awards
1983 Reisestipendium der Gesellschaft der Freunde u. Förderer der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
  Förderpreis der Stadt Aachen
  Förderpreis des Bundeswettbewerbs „Kunststudenten stellen aus“, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Wissenschaft
1987 Villa Romana Preis, Florenz
1987-1989 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Stipendium
1991 Deutsche Akademie Villa Massimo Preis, Rom
2001 Niedersächsischer Kunstpreis

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016
2015
2014
2012
2011
2010
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
1983

Group Exhibitions

2020
2018
2017
2015
2014
2012
2010