On Friday 31 August 2012, the Kunsthalle Zürich, one of the world’s leading contemporary art institutions, will officially open its doors to the public in its new permanent home in the Löwenbräukunst complex in Zürich. To mark the reopening, the Kunsthalle Zürich presents two solo exhibitions by Wolfgang Tillmans and Helen Marten. A launch press conference will be held on Friday 31 August at 11 am. The official opening of the exhibitions at the Löwenbräukunst will be held between 6–9 pm that evening, followed by a summer party in the courtyard.
The first exhibition, of the work of Wolfgang
Tillmans, is a reunion with an artist who presented his first institutional
exhibition at the Kunsthalle Zürich in 1995. Since then, Wolfgang Tillmans (born
in Remscheid, Germany in 1968, lives and works in Berlin and London) has tested
and expanded the possibilities of photography in varied ways through his
photographic and video works. Along with his latest abstract pieces, the
exhibition «Neue Welt» («New World») presents photographs from the artist’s new
group of works of the same name which were created over the course of numerous
journeys. They are here collected for the first time in a comprehensive show.
The second solo exhibition to launch the Kunsthalle Zurich is dedicated
to the work of British artist Helen Marten (born in 1985 in Macclesfield, lives
and works in London). In her first institutional exhibition, entitled «Almost
the exact shape of Florida», Marten has created a new group of works which
interweave the diversity of her oeuvre in terms of media – from sculptures to
wall pieces and floor works – in an expansive installation.
exhibitions have been curated by the Kunsthalle Zurich’s Director, Beatrix Ruf,
who has confirmed the institution as a key force for emerging artists and
The space occupied by the Kunsthalle Zürich at the
Löwenbräukunst complex has been completely restructured. An intermediate floor
has been added to two of the existing exhibition spaces to provide space for a
public library, offices, meeting rooms, an archive and workshops. A white cube
on top of the building creates a supplementary floor and provides a marker to
draw attention to the Kunsthalle Zürich’s presence in the complex.
Löwenbräukunst, which also houses the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst and a
number of international leading galleries, has undergone a major renovation and
redevelopment. The architects of the project are Gigon/Guyer Architects
and Atelier ww. Gigon/Guyer is best known for the Kirchner Museum,
Davos (1992), the Sports Centre, Davos (1996), the Museum Liner, Appenzell
(1996) and the recently completed Prime Tower in Zurich (2011).
new space fit for its role as a litmus test for contemporary art, the Kunsthalle
Zürich now has the opportunity to present important new artists to their best
advantage. Beatrix Ruf, Director of the Kunsthalle Zürich, said: “I am
absolutely delighted that we will be opening our new space in the Löwenbräukunst
by 31 August It promises to give the Kunsthalle Zürich an exciting future and
will enable us to extend our programme and improve our facilities for the
benefit of our visitors.”
reopening of Kunsthalle Zürich and Löwenbräukunst complex
01 September –
«Neue Welt» and 04
Helen Marten «Almost the exact shape of
Opening: Sturtevant «Image
17 November –
«Image over Image» 20 January
2013 The exhibition
is produced by Moderna Museet
collaboration with Kunsthalle
Fredrik Liew and Beatrix Ruf.