Anselm Stalder

Helmhaus Zurich

Anselm Stalder’s exhibition is a topography of ideas, a dense network of pictorial, sculptural, architectonic, and urban references. It was publicly initiated with an action at the Zurich Paradeplatz, in the center of the Swiss financial world. Here, Stalder promoted his exhibition for several hours, wearing a sandwich board with the slogan: “Keine Dereguliering fir die Erfindung des Nebels” (No deregulation for the invention of fog). Art, which in the twentieth century went through a sort of deregulation of its own, has the potential to begin formulating rules again—in a kind of countercycle to developments in macroeconomics—even if only for the duration of an exhibition.

In the middle of the Helmhaus’s long entry stairway, Die Opaken Kinder (The opaque children), 2000, hung from a pole running from the steps to the ceiling. This was a grapelike cluster of about three dozen

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