Action with Black Umbrellas
Häusler Contemporary München presents »Action with Black Umbrellas«, a site-specific intervention and installation by the Swiss artist Roman Signer. The action, which will be accompanied by a reading by the Swiss writer Thomas Hürlimann, will result in an installation – the backbone of the exhibition. The exhibition, which runs from 30 March to 5 May 2012, will comprise the installation as well as a series of photographic works and a sculpture about »umbrellas«.
Roman Signer (b. 1938 in Appenzell, Switzerland) is one of the most important Swiss artists of our time. Since the 1970s he has been contributing significantly to the renewal of sculpture with his »sculptural events« and installations. By choosing to make fleeting aspects such as time, acceleration and change an integral part of the sculptural process, he re-examines the possibilities of sculpture as an artistic means of expression. Common objects such as sand, buckets, boots, skis or umbrellas are recurring materials in his work.
In the exhibition at Häusler Contemporary, Signer presents black umbrellas and galvanised buckets filled with sand, which become the protagonists of a »sculptural event«. During his intervention, the force of explosions and gravity will be brought to bear on these objects, resulting in new forms and meanings. Signer’s actions always incorporate chance as a key element which serves to direct the viewer’s attention to the uncanny in everyday life.
By isolating a moment in the process, the photographs of Signer’s »sculptural events« reveal the poetry of the instant. The exhibition at Häusler Contemporary will present an exclusive installation of »Action with Black Umbrellas« and the photographic series of »Umbrellas« (2011) as well as the new sculpture »Umbrella« 2011.
Roman Signer’s action will be accompanied by Thomas Hürlimann (b. 1950 in Zug, Switzerland), who will be reading from his essay »Nietzsches Regenschirm« (Nietzsches Umbrella), where one of the philosopher’s last statements – »I have forgotten my umbrella in Turin« – becomes the starting point of a reflection on the meaning behind meaning. The text will subsequently be published by Hanser Verlag as part of their series »Akzente. Zeitschrift für Literatur«. Hürlimann is one of Switzerland’s most renowned writers. His work comprises prose and stage plays, which have been translated in numerous languages and received various awards.
The exhibition at Häusler Contemporary is Signer and Hürlimann’s first collaboration.