• Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

    Kunsthalle Zurich
    Limmatstrasse 270
    June 6–August 9, 1998

    Jean-Frédéric Schnyder’s obsessive, single-theme paintings have been a fixture of the Swiss art scene for a good twenty years. Like a nineteenth-century landscape painter, he usually works en plein air, rendering one subject—say, a highway or some patch of Alpine countryside—over and over until, in the artist’s words, “it exhausts itself” or he runs out of paint. For this exhibition, curated by Kunsthalle director Bernhard Burgi, the artist is putting together an installation of 163 canvases made over the course of a single year, all depictions of a daily occurrence—the setting of the sun—seen from various angles. The publication accompanying the exhibition will document Schnyder’s installation by including the daily timetable of sunsets the painter followed to capture each image.

  • An Unrestricted View of the Mediterranean

    Kunsthaus Zurich
    Heimplatz 1
    June 5–August 30, 1998

    The first thing visitors will encounter at the entrance to the Kunsthaus Zürich this summer will be a view-obstructing wall of sandbags. On the other side of Fabrice Gygi’s Alps of sand, curator and Parkett editor Bice Curiger will present her take on the contemporary Swiss scene, with 200-plus works on display by artists ranging from well-kept local secrets to emerging international stars (e.g., Pipilotti Rist, Sylvie Fleury, and Thomas Hirschhorn). A video lounge will focus on work from the ’90s, while a “flashback room” showing art produced in the ’70s should help put the exhibition in historical context. Best-in-show honors—in the form of a check for $10,000—will go to one of the participants. June 5–Aug. 30; travels to Kunsthalle Shirn, Frankfurt, Germany.

  • Andreas Slominski

    Kunsthalle Zurich
    Limmatstrasse 270
    August 22–October 18, 1998

    Andreas Slominski might be described as part handyman, part quixotic philosopher. His fabricated or reconfigured everyday items, like dust rags or matchsticks, force the viewer to question the interplay between seeing something and knowing it. This summer in Zürich, Slominski will exhibit a selection of his various snarelike objects—ranging from tiny mousetraps to large contraptions that are both menacing and absurd—and a group of old calendar remnants that resemble minimalist drawings (the show also promises a new site-specific installation by the Hamburg-based artist). The accompanying catalogue is edited by Kunsthalle director Bernhard Bürgi, who is also the show's curator.

  • Rirkrit Tiravanija

    Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
    Limmatstrasse 270
    August 22–October 25, 1998

    In Rirkrit Tiravanija’s exhibitions, doing is as important as looking. In this large show of his work, curated by Rein Wolfs of the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, you will be able to sample Tiravanija’s curry, enjoy a glass of beer, or jam on the guitar in the rehearsal studio set up for the visitor. The artist will also present two new installations. Visit the mechanic who will be tinkering with the artist’s broken-down 1972 Opel Commodore for the two-month run of the show. Or do some grocery shopping, as Tiravanija is installing a branch of Migros, the Swiss supermarket chain that backs the museum. Sorry, no credit cards.