previews

  • Roman Signer, Unfall als Skulptur (Accident as Sculpture), 2008. Performance view, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria, 2008.

    Roman Signer, Unfall als Skulptur (Accident as Sculpture), 2008. Performance view, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria, 2008.

    Roman Signer

    Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
    Museumstrasse 32
    June 7–October 26, 2014

    Curated by Roland Wäspe and Konrad Bitterli

    Roman Signer is the only artist that I know of who possesses an official license to blow things up. And it isn’t just for show. The Swiss artist, who creates much of his work outside, takes his sweeping native landscape as his studio, often staging destructive processes and massive performances involving fire. Though this exhibition will be installed predominantly indoors, it will nevertheless feature Signer’s signature alchemical transformations of everyday objects (such as chairs, tables, or a model helicopter) into assemblages of newly exploded elements. Viewer wariness is not entirely unjustified: To be sure, there are various levels of pyrotechnic accreditation in Switzerland, and Signer apparently has the authority to detonate any object he likes save for entire buildings. Which is to say: Will there be rockets in this show? Yes. But the kunstmuseum itself is likely to survive.