reviews

  • Wilhelm Sasnal

    Hauser & Wirth | Zurich

    This show really began two days before its opening date, with a screening at a local movie theater. Painter Wilhelm Sasnal directed and also largely served as cameraman for Swiniopas (Swineherd), 2008, his first 35-mm film—eighty-five minutes long, black-and-white, in Polish with English subtitles. The work is surprising in several respects: The simple story, set on a dilapidated farm in postwar Poland, is presented in a straightforward manner but unleashes a drastic and relentless series of events, just like the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale whose title it shares. Characters—from the grumpy

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