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09 May 2014

KUNSTHALLE São Paulo presents Beni Bischof

Beni Bischof «Silly to the max»


Vernissage: Saturday 10 May 2014, 6pm-9pm Exhibition through 7 June 2014 Supported by: the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

Marina Coelho
+ 55 11 2339 8586

Rua dos Pinheiros, 411
05422-010 - São Paulo - SP

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LX92_II #3

Beni Bischof
«Silly to the max»

Saturday 10 May 2014, 6pm-9pm
Exhibition through 7 June 2014

KUNSTHALLE São Paulo invites Swiss artist Beni Bischof to present Silly to the max, his first solo exhibition in Brazil, which continues the project LX92.

Bischof's work is characterized by questioning the absurdity of the routine and monotony of everyday life, and the lack of direction and ridiculous nature of human pleasures. With a cynical humor and a clear preference for chaos, the artist, through intuitive gestures, manipulates and modifies the context of existing things, creating a playful and absurd 'cosmos'.

Music, literature, TV shows, gossip magazines, trinkets of consumer society, and primarily, the internet and its daily insane amount of news, are all inspiration and serve as raw material for his works, which are funny, but at the same time an bit disturbing. Using painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and photo manipulation, his work addresses not only pop and underground current themes, but also political matters and social critiques, presented through his interest in anti-aesthetics, deconstruction, absurdity, and destroyed beauty.

For the project at KUNSTHALLE São Paulo, the artist, whose audacious exhibitions seem chaotic at a first glance, will create new works in loco, during the period in which he will be in the city, allowing that the traces of the work process remain visible to the observer.

Curated by Marina Coelho
Supported by: the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

About Beni Bischof

Beni Bischof (* 1976 St. Gallen, Switzerland ). Lives and works in Zurich. He studied at the Schule für Gestaltung St. Gallen, in St. Gallen, and at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, in Zürich. Among the exhibitions in which he participated are: the solo show Playful Subversion (2013), at Galerie Rupert Pfab, in Düsseldorf; the solo show Bad Habits (2012), at Galerie Sommer & Kohl, in Berlin; Ral 7021, Eine Reportage Magnifique! (2011), at Barbara Seiler Gallery; the solo show Beni Bischof (2011), at Kunstverein Zürich; Oasis On The Horizon (2009), at Cabaret Voltaire, all in Zurich; the solo show Dumm und schauen Kekse fressen (2010), at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen; Next Generation (2010), at Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, both in Sankt Gallen; Concrete / Architektur und Fotografie - Jubiläumsausstellung 1 (2013), and Junge Menschen (2012), both at Fotomuseum Winterthur; La jeunesse est un art (2012), at Aargauer Kunsthaus, in Aarau; Ghettofaust Ii (2011), at the 4th Biennial of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

About LX92

Launched in 2013, the project LX92 consists of a series of exhibitions of foreign artists at KUNSTHALLE São Paulo, and aims to create an international dialogue between São Paulo and Europe, specially Switzerland, expanding the local art scene for the ideas that are being discussed in those countries and promoting European artists. In exchange, artists who have their shows at KUNSTHALLE São Paulo can experience the contact with the Brazilian culture while installing their works, which most of the times are developed for the space exclusively. The project title is a reference to the direct flight that connects Zurich to Sao Paulo.

About KUNSTHALLE São Paulo

Opened in September 2012, KUNSTHALLE São Paulo is an independent contemporary art space. Holding projects and exhibitions of national and international artists, the space is characterized by experimentation, community formation and the creation of discussions around current social and contemporary art issues. KUNSTHALLE São Paulo functions as a meeting point for artists, theorists, and people who are interested in art in general, who may suggest projects, discursive events, such as lectures and debates, video projections and concerts.

Rua dos Pinheiros, 411
05422-010 - São Paulo - SP - Brasil
T + 55 11 2339 8586

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