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Christoph Rütimann, Waagenbank (Bench of Scales), 1996, 122 scales, MDF, 1' 6 1/2“ × 13' 5 3/8” × 1' 3/4".

Christoph Rütimann

Mai 36 Galerie

Christoph Rütimann, Waagenbank (Bench of Scales), 1996, 122 scales, MDF, 1' 6 1/2“ × 13' 5 3/8” × 1' 3/4".

Long-standing and fruitful relationships between artists and their galleries have become exceptionally rare. Mai 36 Galerie and Christoph Rütimann, however, share a history that goes back three decades and now underlies an exhibition whose density and wide chronological range—it includes work created between 1984 and 2014—make it a sort of scale model for a larger retrospective.

In an early piece, LAW, 1986, the artist literally puts the lid on Duchamp’s Fountain, 1917: The black oval toilet lid, mounted on the wall like a painted panel so that its underside is on display, recalls the abstract black elemental forms of painting by Kazimir Malevich. Right next to it, the three cursive letters of LAW spell out modernism’s “law.” The conceptual foundations of modernity are up for grabs in Rütimann’s art, as are its visual resources: Both are malleable materials in an ongoing

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