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03 Apr 2014

KUNSTHALLE São Paulo presents Tobias Kaspar

M, 2014. C-print on museum box, 60 x 45 x 2.5 cm.
Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich

LX92_II #2 Tobias Kaspar «The Air on the Way to the Oyster»


Vernissage: Friday 4 April 2014, 9pm Exhibition through 3 May 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 #2

Tobias Kaspar
The Air on the Way to the Oyster

Continuing the project LX92, which reaches its second year, KUNSTHALLE São Paulo invites Swiss artist Tobias Kaspar (*1984, Basel, Switzerland) to present The Air on the Way to the Oyster, his first solo show in Brazil.

More than being a critique towards the society and industry we live and work in, Tobias Kaspar's body of work scrutinizes the fact that we are all part and collude with the reality and values intrinsic in the consumption system, and even more so in this knowledge based society. Sometimes making reference to films that deal with the idea of fashion as a social behavior, such as The Bling Ring and The Devil Wears Prada, and other times using imagery of stores and brands which possibly can be recognized, Tobias Kaspar's work can be seen as an enemy embracement that destabilizes one's own standpoint.

The exhibition The Air on the Way to the Oyster introduces a series of new photographs exhibited as part of an installation specially designed for KUNSTHALLE São Paulo. This set of works, which at first sight are apparently impersonal, slightly gather codes, signs, symbols of representation, enough to create a broken mirror, a destroyed counterpart, and thus becoming personal and intimate at the same time.

Curated by Marina Coelho

Supported by: the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia


About Tobias Kaspar

Tobias Kaspar (*1984, Basel, Switzerland). Lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, in Hamburg and in Frankfurt. Among the exhibitions in which he participated are: The Missing Stories, at CAFA Art Museum, in Beijing (2014); Macumba Palace, at Palais des arts, in Toulouse (2013); the solo shows The Bling Ring (2013), and Bodies in the Backdrop (2012), both at Galerie Peter Kilchmann, in Zurich; The Money Plot, at Tristan Bera and Dominique Gonzalez Foerster ʻHuman Valleyʼ, at Kunsthalle Zürich, also in Zurich (2011); the solo shows Hydra Life (2013), and Living Well Is the Best Revenge (2010), both at Silberkuppe, in Berlin; Based in Berlin, at Museum Hamburger Bahnhof, also in Berlin (2011); the solo show Life and Lies: Tobias Kaspar, at Galerie Marcelle Alix (2012); Strange Interlude, at Palais de Tokyo (2012); Freaks and Geeks, at Galerie Air de Paris (2011), all in Paris; the solo show Why Sex Now, at Alex Zachary Gallery, in New York (2011); How to Work (More for) Less, at Kunsthalle Basel (2011); Thatʼs the way we do it, Kunsthaus Bregenz, in Austria (2011).


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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