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15 Jan 2013

Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen – programme 2013

Exterior view Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen

Programme 2013
Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen


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Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen
Davidstrasse 40
9000 St. Gallen

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till 24 February 2013
«Heimspiel 2012»
The exhibition «Heimspiel» (‘home match’) takes place every three years and presents regional art at the institutions Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Kunstmuseum and the project space Nextex. Organized by the canton of St. Gallen with support of the participating cantons Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Thurgau, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the State of Vorarlberg (Austria), it presents and supports contemporary art in a comprehensive and vivid exhibition. From more than 400 applications the jury decided on 53 artists of which 20 present their works at the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen. The exhibition is accompanied by a broad supporting programme. – The admission to the exhibition «Heimspiel 2012» is free. More information:

16 March – 12 May 2013
Irene Kopelman & Stefan Burger
With the exhibitions by Irene Kopelman (*1974, Argentina) and Stefan Burger (*1977, Germany) Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen is presenting a dialogue between two different artistic positions. The works of the Amsterdam-based artist Irene Kopelman arise from intensive research, which includes close cooperation with scientists as well as her own field work. In the process she looks for suitable methods to translate certain phenomena, such as the density of the Amazonian rain forest, into drawings, paintings and sculptures. The project presented by Stefan Burger is also an attempt to represent a proliferating system artistically: the Zurich-based artist who frequently questions the presentation forms and production conditions of art in his installations, photographs and photo-collages, is showing a continuation of the exhibition «Les éphémeras de Schifferli» curated by Giovanni Carmine at Hard Hat in Geneva in 2012. It is a portrait of the collection of Christoph Schifferli in Zurich which concentrates on artist books, exhibition invitations and other printed matter from the art system. Both projects attempt the impossible: to capture complex phenomena and relationships visually.

25 May – 4 August 2013
Group exhibition «Flex-Sil Reloaded» (working title)
On the occasion of the 75th birthday of Roman Signer (*1938, Switzerland) and in honour of the famous St. Gallen artist, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen is presenting an exhibition project that is also a homage. A reconstruction of Signer's solo exhibition at the Kunst Halle in 1988 will be on show supplemented by various positions of younger Swiss and international artists who, like Signer – sculptor, illustrator, action and conceptual artist and filmmaker – concern themselves with the containment, release and transformation of energy or subjects such as time and nature with reduced, succinct works in a refined and often humorous way.

17 August – 27 October 2013
David Renggli
The sculptural objects and spatial installations of David Renggli (*1974, Switzerland) are characterised by the unexpected connection of a large number of various everyday materials and motives. The artist creates apparently familiar objects which, on closer inspection, often reveal themselves as surreal, absurd grotesques – due to the mixture of materials or the combination of objects. As in his site-specific installation «The Charm of Ignorance» at Museum im Bellpark Kriens in 2012, where he filled the exhibition spaces with more than 2,000 pictures in salon-hang arrangement, or his examination of painting by means of various material tests, the moment of surprise in Renggli's work repeatedly shapes the aesthetic principle. His solo exhibition at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen will concentrate on a central theme of his work: language. Ideas of illegibility, misinterpretation and absurdity will be exposed and represented in various media such as neon lettering.

9 November 2013 – 26 January 2014
Dani Gal
The starting points of the films and sound installations by Dani Gal (*1975, Israel) are often existing documentaries which the artist examines and subtly manipulates or artistically reconstructs on the basis of his research. Besides conventional text and image analysis he also uses language and sound to exemplify his central themes of history, the writing of history and the connected mechanisms of selection and rejection. Gal will present a newly produced film at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen which takes as its theme the friendship between the architects Simon Wiesenthal – a Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to the search for Nazi criminals – and Albert Speer – Hitler's architect and confidant who, after being sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, showed remorse and accepted responsibility for the National Socialists' crimes – on the basis of a text about memory images by Ludwig Wittgenstein. Gal's documentary approach and his poetic narration here too illustrate the gap between reality and representation and between memory and invention by revealing history as an open process of subjective interpretation.

The Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen is supported by St. Gallen City Council, Kulturförderung Kanton St.Gallen, Swisslos, Migros-Kulturprozent, Kulturförderung Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Martel AG, St. Galler Tagblatt. The educational programme is made possible by Raiffeisen.