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Roman Buxbaum

Galerie Bob Van Orsouw

This work by Roman Buxbaum was installed in the two basement rooms under the gallery. After being empty for many years, the cellar was damp, dank, and dusty, and Buxbaum left the space as it was for this installation entitled Times, 1990–91. On the dirty floor of the first room, viewers saw a circle of 250 portraits of celebrities of the Aargau area from the first half of the century. The effigies of these once-prominent citizens were actually the envelopes of newspaper printing plates that had been discarded as useless. The circle was ringed by three easels, each bearing an oval plate of black glass reminiscent of a headstone. Indeed, the plates were engraved with three different kinds of script, deriving from the invitation to the Nazi’s “Degenerate art” show.

On the front wall in the second room 41 pages from a calendar were displayed; during the years 1921–61, these pages had been used

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