DisplayFredi Fischli and Niels Olsen
CuratorsSwiss Institute, New York
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Display addresses the question of how to exhibit architecture by inviting drawings into the exhibition space as the visual translations of architectural display. The drawings move beyond a representative mode into something more conceptual, as contemporary artists fill a role traditionally occupied by architects, creating an atmospheric installation and the framework for the exhibition, in which they will not only refer to their own practices, but also to the gallery space as a whole. Curated by the codirectors of gta Exhibitions in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich, Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen, will work with newly produced artworks to create a cabinet in which to observe architectural drawings as displayed objects. Offering up a new model of exhibiting architecture, the exhibition will layer these modes of display, ultimately exploring the relationship between architectural and artistic representations, as well as the interconnectivity between art and architecture.
Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen are curators based in Zurich, and codirectors of gta Exhibitions at the ETH Zurich. Together, they initiated the exhibition space STUDIOLO and the publication series STUDIOLO/Edition Patrick Frey. They have curated numerous exhibitions, including 69/96 (with Bob Nickas) at Gebert Foundation; Keiichi Tanaami at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; Friedrich Kuhn at Herald St., London; and The Log-O-Rithmic at GAMeC, Bergamo. Their ecent publications include Ashley Bickerton: SUSIE, William Leavitt: The Particles, and Trix and Robert Haussmann. Their regular column, "Pioneers," appears in Kaleidoscope magazine.
Simon Castets is director and curator of Swiss Institute and cofounder of 89-plus, a research project that investigates the generation of artists born after the introduction of the Internet. He holds an MA in curatorial studies from Columbia University and an MA in cultural management from Sciences Po, Paris. His works include exhibitions at Palais Tokyo, Paris; Federico Vavassori, Milan; Karma International, Zurich; Yvon Lambert, Paris; and Taka Ishii Gallery, Kyoto, among others. His writing has appeared in publications such as Mousse, PIN UP, Artforum, Flash Art, and Kaleidoscope.
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