View of “Alex Hanimann,” 2012.

View of “Alex Hanimann,” 2012.

Alex Hanimann

Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain

View of “Alex Hanimann,” 2012.

The temporary exhibitions mounted in the former industrial space that is now MAMCO almost never claim the status of “autonomous” solo shows; instead they demonstrate the complex facets of a contemporary art museum. This is particularly evident in MAMCO’s recent exhibition of Alex Hanimann, whose work can readily be linked to Conceptual art. Hanimann, who hails from the northeastern corner of Switzerland, near the border with Germany and Austria, concerns himself with syntax and semantics in several languages, and more broadly with questions pertaining to the philosophy of language. What is most crucial in his work is the unpredictable impact that pictorial or object-based processes have on language. The connections between the words and sentences in his gouache-on-paper paintings, his works applied directly to the wall as stickers, and his light boxes are frequently indebted to

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