“Non-Solo Show, Non-Group Show”

Kunsthalle Zurich

This really was a group show, but of a very specific kind. Artist Ei Arakawa was invited to invite, in turn, the participating artists. What counted, then, were not so much the works themselves, however beautifully executed, but rather the relationships among them and the way they drew attention to correspondences of all kinds: between artists and styles; between different media, attitudes, and theoretical principles; and so on. To the question, What is art (or, What is an artist?), the exhibit offered a catalogue of relationships as answers; in every case, though, to be, in this world, meant being in-between.

First example: Who is Kerstin Brätsch? A painter, obviously. But she is also one half, the other half being Adele Röder, of the “import/export company” DAS INSTITUT, and there was just as much work by this partnership (posters, stacks of stickers, and a prominent floor installation

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