• Roman Signer, Installation im Wasserturm (Installation in the water tower), 2000.

    Roman Signer

    Sammlung Hauser & Wirth
    Felseggstr 51 Henau
    May 11–October 12, 2003

    The Sammlung Hauser und Wirth’s unheated railway-shed museum comes to life in summer, as the sun warms it through. Roman Signer’s “event sculptures” likewise harness the release of energy, but lots faster—big pyrotechnic bangs are standard issue. Featuring around forty works and organized by in-house curator Michaela Unterdörfer, this partial retrospective includes early, never-before-seen ’70s pieces, some exploiting the action of rain; various warehoused works—such as the 1997 mobile fountain-in-a-van, Fontana di Piaggio—are back from the vault, and eleven brand-new pieces have been launched, including a wind-generating, hairdo-disrupting flying suitcase and a very, very temporary fountain created using a pyramidal stack of water-filled barrels and a rifle. Truly, an event of events!