Alongside new works from the gallery’s internationally acclaimed program including Studio Nucleo, Wolfs + Jung, Florian Borkenhagen and Abel Zavala.
ammann//gallery has developed into an important international hotspot for contemporary art, design and architectural photography. At the same time, the gallery is also committed to supporting the best emerging talents from around the globe and serves as a field of experimentation for artists and designers to delve into all aspects of visual art, design and architecture.
Some of this year’s highlights are historical pieces by world renown architect and Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid, including high-tech paintings portraying her celebrated and highly innovative Opera House in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou (2006), the “Z-Chair” (2011) produced in stainless steel as well as the “Kuki.One” chair, a very recent work designed in 2016. Each of her dynamic and in-novative projects built on over thirty years of revolutionary experimentation and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Her work encompassed all fields of design, ranging from the urban scale through to pro¬ducts, interiors, and furniture. Her paintings and drawings have always been an important testing field and a medium for the exploration of her design.
Also shown by the gallery, the mirror polished steel pieces from Ron Arad’s historical “38 tables” exhibition at the Triennale di Milano in 1995. His constant experimentation with the boundaries and possibili¬ties of materials, from metals to composites, and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of objects and buildings, large and small, has put him at the forefront of contemporary design and architecture.
Tradition and a view towards the future are united in the works by the Turin-based design collective Studio Nucleo. For their series of “Souvenirs of the Last Century”, they fossilize antique wooden benches and chairs into epoxy resin, thus conserving them for the future. The “Souvenir Thonet Chair” (2016) is the most recent creation of Nucleo, using one of the world famous Thonet bentwood Coffeehouse Chairs (No.14), which, as early as the mid-19th century, set new standards for serially manufactured furniture.
Selected works by the Swiss designer and conceptual artist Rolf Sachs and Hamburg-based artist Florian Borkenhagen are characteristic of the key role played by contemporary art at ammann//gallery. Their work consciously blurs the interface between art and design as they challenge perceptions of everyday objects through deconstruction and transformation.
An intriguing example of this approach is the “a,b,c chair” (2004) by Rolf Sachs, which is displayed alongside Florian Borkenhagen’s luminous object “Faro” (2016) that is also more sculpture than utilitarian object.
Poetry and politics are combined in the graphit patinated bronze fists “A Voice” (2014/15) and “Silence” (2016) by the Seoul-based artist-designer duo of Wolfs + Jung. Contrasting these strong pieces, the ethereal porcelain wall sculptures “Petrified Epiphytes” (2016) by mexican artist and ceramist Abel Zavala bring nature and texture to the exhibition.