Basel

Rémy Zaugg

Kunsthalle Basel

The very title of this exhibition, “Für ein Bild” (For a picture), already suggests that the works ask a great deal from the viewer, perceptually and intellectually. For more than twenty years now, Rémy Zaugg has been studying the complex problem of perception, and some of his findings could be examined here in this challenging show. The “picture” evoked by the title consists of several approaches to the true nature of the image, which, as an artwork, is located in twofold reality between ideal fiction and material truth. Zaugg explores the theme of perception within the semantic framework that is the most traditional and yet most advanced medium for the creation of the image and the investigation of perception: painting. This does not make the issue any simpler. For although he produces highly conceptual art about art, Zaugg manages not to slip into the self-indulgence of art for art’s

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