Klaus vom Ruch

Moderna Museet | Stockholm

Klaus vom Bruch’s installation, Surface to Surface, 1989, is based on radar recordings taken in Lapland. Vom Bruch has traveled around with a naval radar scanner mounted on the roof of his car, making a kind “landscape painting” of five famous tourist sites. The green, shimmering radar landscapes, after having been transferred to videotape, are shown on monitors enclosed in cases of black rubber and steel. Vom Bruch’s work has its roots in a European conceptual tradition that regards the idea or concept not as the dominant aspect of the work; like artists such as Marcel Broodthaers, Daniel Buren, Mario Merz, and Jannis Kounellis, he has not looked upon the execution of the work as “a perfunctory affair” (Sol LeWitt). The object and its visible, tangible qualities are just as important as the concept itself.

Vom Bruch’s video sculptures are both visually suggestive and physically concrete;

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