Christoph Rütimann

Mai 36 Galerie

By repeating four words—sitz, bank, gut, and haben—Christoph Rütimann created an ornamental field on a wall near the entrance to his recent show. Although typically in German all nouns are capitalized, here the letters were all lowercase, so the words could be read as either nouns or verbs, generating a repertoire of interrelated meanings. “Bank” suggested the idyllic: to sit on a bench and have it good. “Guthaben beim Sitz” evoked the pragmatic: to have money sitting in a bank. The networks of words suggested the political (or the Swiss version of the political): Who has it good when certain “credits” sit in a bank? Without explicitly entering into the current debate about the policy of Swiss banks and the Swiss government with respect to outstanding debts owed Holocaust victims, Rütimann deployed apparently harmless phrases to raise troubling questions.

A bench formed of stacked bathroom

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