Anselm Stalder

Kunsthalle Basel

Anselm Stalder’s installation here was both ambitious and enigmatic. Any fixed, impervious borders between the art work and its surroundings dissolved in an interplay between the interior and the exterior. The transparency of the objects themselves revealed a dense network of relationships between organic and crystalline forms, solid and liquid aggregates. In the first room, the visitor was welcomed by Die Begleitung (The companion, 1988), several figures made of twisted iron rods and wires. On the head, arms, or trunk, small plaster laminas, resembling synapses, appeared at intervals to form a compact, but fragmentary epidermis, making the figures’ skeletal character all the more distinct. Corresponding architecturally to Die Begleitung was Palazzo di vetro con quattro piani per la memoria (Glass palace with four floors for memory, 1988). This object, which resembled a vitrine, was cut

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