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Guided Tour in English

10. März 2019
10:30 - 12:00 Uhr

Kunsthaus Zug
Dorfstrasse 27
6300 Zug
CHF 15.00 / 12.00
Kunsthaus Zug

Guided Tour in English through the exhibitions "Lukas Hoffmann" and "Adrian Schiess - Works from the collection, the Graber donation", with Marco Obrist, Collection Curator.

Forgotten and neglected. Cold, devoid of people and inanimate. When Lukas Hoffmann (*1981) cycles through Berlin, it's the marginal areas that catch his eye. He grew up in Steinhausen in Canton Zug, and he went to Berlin after studying in Paris. He lives there now, and it's there that he finds his subjects. Underpasses, house corners, building sites. Hoffmann likes what is desolate. He treats what is marginal with such circumspection that viewpoints, lighting and image details afford his analogue works a great sense of presence and aesthetic quality; they grow beyond themselves until they remind the observer of a painting. These urban brownfields are city outskirts - stagnant, provisional, overlooked - and they fill his images with life.

Once Hoffmann has found a place he likes on one of his forays, he goes back there. He works slowly, fastidiously. The weather, the seasons, the incidence of light - he leaves nothing to chance. He's a constructor. Hoffmann is someone who from the very start worked in an analogue manner, doing everything himself, from the darkroom to making enlargements and framing his works. He's also a master of the techniques of different cameras. Greyscales are his piano keyboard, as it were, and he plays until his photographs attain the planarity or depth that he desires.

Visitors to the Kunsthaus Zug have already been able to experience Hoffmann's work in several group exhibitions. In early 2019, he will be making a photographic statement with a large solo exhibition, and will be putting new work from recent years on display for the first time in Switzerland. Besides urban architecture, he will also be exhibiting examples of an experiment in which he captures passers-by with a large, portable camera. In collaboration with the Photoforum Pasquart and Le Point du Jour, this exhibition will then travel on to Bienne and to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin in France. It will be accompanied by a trilingual publication from Spector Books in Leipzig.

At the same time as the atmospherically rather cool photographs by Lukas Hoffmann, the Kunsthaus Zug will be exhibiting colour paintings by Adrian Schiess (*1959 in Zurich) from its own collection. This exhibition will also be an experiment for the artist himself - many of these works will be shown for the very first time, and some of them in a manner that Schiess has not attempted before. Schiess will here be declining his vocabulary of colour. At M for "maize yellow", he will pause - as will the observer, standing in front of his large, varnished panel. It measures two by three metres and explores what the young artist laid out in his colour notes. It was back in New York in the 1990s that he began to collect colour impressions. He gathered together 426 pieces over several months - small painted snippets of ...

Lukas Hoffmann, Ohne Titel (Neue Strasse), o.J.