Artists: Tina Braegger, Matthias Gabi, Bernhard Hegglin, Miriam Laura Leonardi, Yoan Mudry, Timothy Standring, Constantin Thun, Urban Zellweger
Exhibition title: ✚
Venue: 1857, Oslo, Norway
Date: January 23 – 25, 2015
Photography: Courtesy of 1857
At 1857 a cluster of pieces are gathered, all conceived for the occasion. The title, ✚, has to be understood as an ironic reference to the rich exhibition history of Swiss art at home and abroad (Freie Sicht aufs Mittelmeer, Swiss Made – Präzison und Wahnsinn, Beispiel: Schweiz, Saus und Braus etc.).
Art exhibitions on the Swiss art scene have become a curatorial perennial in recent decades. The ways and forms by which artistic discourses and art scenes were institutionally represented, labeled and utilized have often been criticized. The flyer for ✚ references a notorious insert that Niele Toroni made for a catalog of Swiss art in the 1970s and –80s, in which Swiss crosses were filled with folkloristic imagery.