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View of “John Armleder,” 2010.

John Armleder

Lokremise

View of “John Armleder,” 2010.

After walking only a few feet from the St. Gallen train station, you might find yourself drawn—like light being sucked into the eye through the pupil—into a round opening at the entrance to the station’s nineteenth-century Lokremise, or roundhouse. At the edges of the big turntable that once rotated locomotives, six huge glass portals set into a delicate crescent-shaped addition welcome you to the various parts of a new cultural center: a theater, restaurant and bar, cinema, and exhibition/performance space. Hauser & Wirth gallery has already put on a show in this spectacular building, and now architects Isa Stürm and Urs Wolf of Zurich have designed a polyvalent series of rooms. The art exhibition area is a segment of a circle that narrows to a point, with movable partitions and an inviting entryway. John Armleder inaugurated it with a lavish exhibition framed by two

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