Lutz & Guggisberg – The Studio in Heaven
From 3 July
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen shows the wonderful sculptural installation of the Swiss artists duo Lutz & Guggisberg.
Andres Lutz (1968) and Anders Guggisberg (1966) have worked together since 1996 on a highly diverse body of work. In their studio in Zurich they work together intensively on paintings, sculptures and photographs. This summer Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has invited the artists to use one of the museum’s large galleries as a temporary studio. They will spend ten days transforming a theatre set, made in May 2010 for the Stadttheater Bern, into a surprising sculptural installation, which the public can walk through.
Lutz & Guggisberg’s work can be interpreted as a three-dimensional encyclopaedia of ordinary things: an encyclopaedia in which each objects has its own place and takes on a new existence in a fantastic, unbridled and all-embracing world. In a playful, ironic and absurd manner, Lutz & Guggisberg seek the extraordinary in the ordinary. Absurd constructions alternate with sculptures in which the most ordinary objects appear to be animated beings. They create a highly personal and imaginative worldview in the form of models, paintings and photographs.
Humour and irony
Dada was a revolutionary, anti-political and anti-art movement that began in 1916 at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. Hugo Ball, Marcel Janco, Hans Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Francis Picabia and others developed an art form that cut across all media. Inspired by African sculpture and children’s drawings, their art embraced dance, music, puppetry and linguistics. The Dada mentality reacted to the chaos and destruction of the First World War with humour and irony. Lutz & Guggisberg continue this tradition in a highly personal manner.
With exhibitions in museums and galleries in Europe and the United States and a growing circle of collectors, Lutz & Guggisberg appear to be following in the footsteps of Fischli & Weiss. Their work meanders in a mercurial fashion between an immaculate white and the blackest of blacks to arrive at a style that creates a fantastic new world from apparent chaos.
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