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On Kawara

27 August – 6 November 2022, Kunstzone (art space) in the Lokremise

 

With contributions by Bethan Huws, Tatsuo Miyajima, Aleksandra Signer, Barbara Signer und Roman Signer

It seems incomprehensible, this time that defines our existence like no other dimension. The artist On Kawara always stated the number of days lived as his biography. He lived for 29,784 days.

This homage to On Kawara, who created unique works on the topic of time, and his wife, Hiroko Kawahara, brings together five artists. Bethan Huws, Tatsuo Miyajima, Aleksandra Signer, Barbara Signer, and Roman Signer, who have continually approached the flow of time in new ways, will engage in a dialogue with a group of works by On Kawara from the collection of the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen.

Biological lifetime and art seem to become identical in On Kawara’s work. His ciphers of existence will be shown in the coherent group of works that his wife Hiroko and the artist himself were able to assemble for St. Gallen in 1997 and 2007. The five selected contemporary artists have once again engaged with the topic and supplemented and expanded their works from the collection of the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen in order more precisely react to the artist On Kawara and the ephemerality of time.

Curator: Roland Wäspe