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Exhibition explores the themes epidermis, conditio humana and cosmos
Exhibition view Hilti Art Foundation. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich © Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein / Hilti Art Foundation.

VADUZ.- This is already the fifth exhibition at the Hilti Art Foundation’s building, the annex to Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein that celebrates its fifth birthday next May. Art enthusiasts from all over the world can look forward to seeing a total of thirty-three paintings, sculptures, photographs and other pictorial works that revolve around the themes Epidermis, Conditio humana and Cosmos in a new epoch-spanning display.

The exhibition begins by exploring the theme of Epidermis, that is to say, the surfaces of artworks consisting of a wide range of materials including wax, cement, canvas or photographic paper. They are cast, perforated, cut or nailed, fired and lasered. Alongside other high-calibre works, in this room the visitor’s eye is attracted to two sculptures by Medardo Rosso and Wilhelm Lehmbruck from the late 19th and early 20th century. In these works, the surface is manifested as a natural skin represented by wax and cement that traces the highly sensitive forms of a child’s head and a woman’s body.

In the next room, headed Conditio humana, paintings and sculptures from the classical modern period spotlight the circumstances of life as conditions of human existence. Georges Seurat, for example, depicts people as anonymous figures at work as an essential activity for making a living. Unlike Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and other artists who focus on concrete individuals.

Cosmos, the third section of the show, implies a consideration and artistic interpretation of the world with regard to natural and abstract orders. Works by Ferdinand Hodler and Stéphane Kropf are examples illustrating this sphere: while Hodler portrays the Swiss Alps in his 1915 painting Les Etangs longs bei Montana, presenting them in exquisite majesty, Kropf depicts the Swiss mountains in an abstract, simplified form in his image created almost a hundred years later on the computer and transferred onto canvas in 2012.

These are among the details that visitors will be able to enjoy at the new exhibition in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. In addition to those mentioned above, the show features works by the following artists, spanning the period from classical modernism to the present: Josef Albers, Rudolf Belling, Lucio Fontana, Julio González, Joan Miró, Konrad Klapheck, Paul Klee, Hanns Kunitzberger, Piero Manzoni, Otto Piene, Gerhard Richter, Giovanni Di Stefano, Thomas Struth, Frank Thiel, Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart.

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