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Kilian Rüthemann. Attacca

Manor-Kunstpreis Basel

GEGENWART / 24.03.–24.05.2010 / Curator: Scott C. Weaver

Initially trained as a sculptor, Kilian Rüthemann’s (born 1979 in Bütschwil, St. Gallen) practice is grounded in his interest in materials. For the exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, his critical exploration of the notion of sculpture manifests itself in a variety of site-specific, architectural interventions. Much less interested in the stasis or monumentality of sculpture than its decay and dissolution, Rüthemann’s works create new environments that reveal the essence and unpredictability of the materials themselves. Through employing and manipulating functional and everyday materials, he re-configures their potential (and their limitations). In Rüthemann’s installations, the artist’s process is ever present, revealing the tension between the material and the ephemeral.