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Helmut Schweizer, The mountains are not mountains anymore & Charivari to Naoto Matsumura, 2013, mixed media, 70 7/8 x 55 x 17 3/4".

Helmut Schweizer

Galerie Rupert Pfab

Helmut Schweizer, The mountains are not mountains anymore & Charivari to Naoto Matsumura, 2013, mixed media, 70 7/8 x 55 x 17 3/4".

The exhibition statement for Helmut Schweizer’s “Melancolia. 8/6–3/11. A Chi di Competenza” (Melancholy. 8/6—3/11. To Whom It May Concern) begins with Walter Benjamin’s famous description of the angel of history. Benjamin’s angel does not perceive the past as a chain of events, but rather as “one single catastrophe” that “keeps piling wreckage.” And though the angel would much rather “make whole what has been smashed,” it is blown onward by the “storm” called “progress.” This vision of a tempestuous, historical pileup is what directed the selection of old and new works in this show, which addresses a singular aspect of human history: atomic energy and its impacts.

Two key installations are deployed to great effect in this meta-historical mapping. Atomic Elegy, 2013, is a three-part assemblage, each component with its own title: Part I) HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND to Bern Porter;

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