Approximately 250 participating artists and collectives presented their work at exhibitions or other experimental forms of display at many guest spaces throughout the city. The exhibitions were accompanied by a variety of events on current topics that affected the Zurich art world. «Kunst: Szene Zürich 2018» was organized by Kultur Stadt Zürich in collaboration with many institutions and self-organized art spaces.
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The University of Zurich as a Guest Venue
Upon entering the University of Zurich through the main entrance, one is drawn to the light in the center of the building. The atrium, with its enormous dimensions, was designed by architect Karl Moser as an exhibition space. For decades, this space housed the archaeological collection with works from past eras.
Students, staff, visitors, and tourists linger among Pippilotti Rist's chaise longue, paintings, marble columns, voices, chairs, sculptures, and reliefs of the Parthenon. It not only forms the spatial center but also a social hub of the University of Zurich and is a highly popular exhibition venue. Contributions from various fields of art and science have found their way under the large glass roof, including a significant parallel event during Manifesta 11.
The size and vibrancy of the atrium invite new uses. Countless possibilities emerge to provide artists with the opportunity for spatially creative work.
As part of the Kunst: Szene Zürich, it became a guest venue for the exhibition featuring eight artists:
Dina Bha Idden (Website)
Silvia Demuth (Website)
Sarah Parsons (Website)
Nadja Ullmann (Website)
Selina Zürrer (Website)
Fritz Wüest (Website)
Anselm Wüest (Website)
The exhibition brought together 8 artists from Zurich who were selected by the jury of Kunst: Szene Zürich for the University of Zurich. This collective display in the heart of the university automatically triggered a chain of associations connecting art and science. Association is a fundamental method in art to develop new questions and approaches. The artist's persona becomes a resonator for current themes.