The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting new installations by the Swiss concept, performance and object artist John M Armleder. His art combines coincidence and planning, high culture and everyday life, profundity and triviality to create an ambivalent and unique experience.
International Archives 1st half of 2019
Based on the formal repertoire of Modernism—Constructivism, Op-
Dr. Philipp Demandt, Director of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, comments: “We could describe John M Armleder as the epitome of the postmodern artist. He humorously combines references to art history with design and everyday objects. In his recycling of forms he sees the opportunity for the constant renewal and requestioning of what art is, can or should be. With this approach he has been—and still is—playing a pioneering role for many young artists.”
For the exhibition CA.CA. John M Armleder created an installation in the freely accessible Rotunda of the Schirn. 20 disco balls mounted at different heights are multiplied in its windows covered with mirror film. Inside the Schirn, he assembled further works and installations, including new "Pour Paintings," wall paintings of stylized skulls and sculptures such as an inverted double children’s slide that forms part of his "Furniture Sculptures."
From the very beginning of John M Armleder’s career, a playful and forthright approach, the inclusion of chance and of subversive and unplanned elements manifested themselves as the main characteristics of his interpretation of art. He presented his first exhibition in 1973 with the Fluxus group ECART (French for “Deviation”), which had been founded four years previously and for which he had written a manifesto. Central concerns included the denial of the concrete, the determinable, and a predilection for the process-
The coincidence of the result is also characteristic of his large-
Dr. Ingrid Pfeiffer, curator of the exhibition: “John M Armleder’s art is a challenge, a conceptual tour through the art history of the 20th and 21st centuries. His is a light-
John M Armleder (*1948) lives and works in Geneva. He represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale in 1986 and took part in the Documenta 8 in Kassel in 1987. Numerous awards and exhibitions of his works followed; most recently, in 2018, two retrospectives were presented on the occasion of his 70th birthday at the Museum MADRE in Naples and at the Museion in Bolzano.
A catalog will be published in an English/German edition. Edited by Ingrid Pfeiffer with a preface by Philipp Demandt, a text by Ingrid Pfeiffer, a biography of John M Armleder and detailed views of the works.
Exhibition June 07, September First, 2019. Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg -
60311 Frankfurt am Main
(Germany). Hours : Tu, Fr -
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John M Armleder, CA.CA., exhibition view. Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2019. Photo: Norbert Miguletz