Nairy Baghramian / Christian Herdeg / Bernd Ribbeck / Fritz Glarner’s « Rockefeller Dining Room » revisited by Alfredo Häberli – Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich – Exhibitions: 27 October 2016 to 15 January 2017.

Museum Haus Konstruktiv and Zurich Insurance Group Ltd are delighted to honor this year’s winner of the « Zurich Art Prize », Nairy Baghramian (b. 1971 in Isfahan, lives in Berlin). In 2016, this award, which was established in close cooperation with Zurich Insurance Group Ltd, is presented for the ninth time. The prize money of CHF 80,000 is put to use in a solo exhibition, specially conceived for the museum.

Baghramian is known for her minimalist and context-related approaches, for instance in the form of sculptural installations, objects, photographs, and works on paper. She has attracted international attention with her exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery in London (2010), Kunsthalle Basel (2006), Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2008), Kunsthalle Mannheim (2012), and the Venice Biennale (2011).

« Scruff of the Neck (Supplements) » is a supplementary continuation of her exhibition at London’s Marian Goodman Gallery (June/July 2016).

Christian Herdeg (b. 1942 in Zurich, lives and works in Zurich) has now spent over forty years devoted to the medium of light. As one of the first Swiss artists to have used fluorescent tubes, he is a pioneer of light art. This retrospective solo exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv, realized in close cooperation with the artist, presents important milestones in his unmistakable oeuvre, from the beginnings to the present day. The relationships between light, color, surface, volume and space are central to Herdeg’s artistic research, whereby his light installations show signs of an increasing tendency toward formal reduction and clear references to Minimal Art.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive monograph published by Wienand Verlag, Cologne, which includes articles by Deborah Keller, Daniel Morgenthaler and Yvonne Ziegler, as well as a conversation between Sabine Schaschl and Christian Herdeg.

Museum Haus Konstruktiv is the first Swiss institution to present the German artist Bernd Ribbeck (b. 1974 in Cologne, lives and works in Berlin). Ribbeck’s formal frameworks have a linear geometric structure, a permeating radiant colorfulness, and an almost sacred appearance, which characterizes his oeuvre. Another feature is the consistent use of MDF boards as painting surfaces. These allow intensive work methods (such as rubbing off and scratching off layers of paint) and emphasize his works’ status as objects. This exhibition is realized in cooperation with the Wilhelm Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen am Rhein and brings together a representative selection of small-format panels.

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, Museum Haus Konstruktiv is realizing a very special project that brings one of the centerpieces of its collection, Fritz Glarner’s permanently exhibited « Rockefeller Dining Room » (1963/64), closer to its original purpose. The famous designer Alfredo Häberli, who was born in Argentina in 1964 and lives in Zurich, was invited to conceive a new interior design, so as to make it possible to experience Glarner’s room-specific work in the context of a dining room once again. However, instead of incorporating the Rockefellers’ furniture elements, Häberli’s contemporary design is tailored to suit the current museum situation and the historical spatial setting. The results comprise a dining table, chairs, a specially made carpet, curtains and a new lighting system.


Nairy Baghramian, Scruff of the Neck, 2016 – Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, London / Visualization of Fritz Glarner’s « Rockefeller Dining Room » – revisited by Alfredo Häberli, 2016 – copyright the artists

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