Poten­tielle Nor­malien­samm­lung. Reto Müller Arrest­ing Frag­ments of the World.


Start­ing with the fas­ci­na­tion for the clear atti­tude of mod­ernism, expressed in archi­tec­ture as a “con­structed idea”, the artist Reto Müller (*1984, lives and works in Schaffhausen) devel­ops a new group of works. His approach to mod­ernism, how­ever, is frag­ile. Back­drop, model, façade as well as copy and vari­a­tion are key­words for his work. Also the title of the exhi­bi­tion – «poten­tielle Nor­malien­samm­lung» (poten­tial col­lec­tion of stan­dard­ized items) reflects pos­si­bil­i­ties rather than real­i­sa­tion. For his first insti­tu­tional solo-show, Müller reacts to the her­itage of early mod­ernist archi­tec­ture in Switzer­land, par­tic­u­larly in Lan­gen­thal: Willy Boe­siger, a close con­fi­dant of Le Cor­busier and editor of his cat­a­logue raisonné, built a rad­i­cal mod­ernist edi­fice in 1928 for his father’s car­pen­ter work­shop in Lan­gen­thal. Present and future of such build­ings are Müller’s start­ing point for his new videos. In the exhi­bi­tion, the videos are com­bined with cast con­crete, basalt or tin reliefs. With these exam­ples of solid­i­fi­ca­tion and stan­dard­iza­tion, he exam­ines ques­tions of model-making, mod­u­lar­ity and human scale. A pub­li­ca­tion is pub­lished on the occa­sion of the exhibition.


Arrest­ing Frag­ments of the World.
Brigham Baker, Judith Kakon, Clare Kenny, Maya Rochat

While the pho­to­graphic image is sub­ject to grow­ing fugac­ity and fluc­tu­a­tion in the dig­i­tal con­text, some pho­to­graphic prac­tices tend to expand into the phys­i­cal space, using in-situ and ana­logue processes. Leav­ing traces, adding layers, mul­ti­ply­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing images or using processes which rely on the appa­ra­tus and chance instead of the artist’s involve­ment, are are common to the prac­tices of Brigham Baker (*1989), Judith Kakon (*1988), Clare Kenny (*1976) and Maya Rochat (*1985). These four cir­cum­nav­i­gate, estrange and sub­vert pho­to­graphic processes, with­out let­ting pho­tog­ra­phy resur­face as a medium. Their new videos, instal­la­tions and sculp­tures, specif­i­cally devel­oped for the exhi­bi­tion at Kun­sthaus Lan­gen­thal, are immer­sive, with haptic sur­faces while remain­ing fleet­ing, process ori­ented and interrogative.

Text zur Ausstellung


The exhi­bi­tions are gen­er­ously sup­ported by:
Kul­turs­tiftung des Kan­tons Thurgau
Kultur in Schaffhausen
Saly From­mer Foundation
Stiftung Erna und Curt Burgauer
Kanton Basel-Stadt Kultur
Canton de Vaud

Reto Müller, Potentielle Normaliensammlung, 2017 Ausstellungsansicht Kunsthaus Langenthal, Bild: Martina Flury Witschi


05:30 pm
06:00 pm
10:00 am
–12:00 pm
07:00 pm


Reto Müller. Potentielle Normaliensammlung

With numer­ous images, Reto Müller in con­ver­sa­tion with Raf­fael Dörig and Claire Hoff­mann, texts by Balthasar Baech­told, Vin­cent Hoff­mann, Chris­t­ian Kathriner, Wolf­gang Steiger, Matthias Sohr, Raphael Win­teler. These texts all refer to Müller’s reliefs, who asked them to write at text in in exchange for a relief.

63 pages, German/English
Kun­sthaus Lan­gen­thal, 2017

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