The gallery will present a carefully curated selection of works highlighting the strengths of the gallery’s international program while paying tribute to Italian art, design, and architecture. This exceptional presentation includes works by Hélène Binet, Florian Borkenhagen, Nucleo and Rolf Sachs.
Studio Nucleo, founded in Turin in 1997, is an interdisciplinary art and design group and explores the interface between contemporary art, design and architecture. ammann // gallery is showing works of the three collections 'Souvenir of the Last Century', 'Wood Fossil' and 'Metals'. The monolithic Bronze Age Table is a unique piece inspired by the metal age, paying tribute to the human capacity to evolve, made entirely of sheets of metal assembled by welding. Metal Age had profoundly influenced society and directed it towards civilization as we know today. In defiance of the progression of time, the 'Wood Fossil' and 'Souvenir of the last Century' works show petrified wood or antique furniture fossilized within the resin, forever preserving them for the future as a memory.
German artist Florian Borkenhagen is well known for challenging perceptions of everyday objects with a profound connection to Arte Povera, the movement founded in Turin in the late 1960s. His work is a continuation of the tradition in which the banal becomes an artwork through the transformation of the simplest of materials, detonating a deeper meaning. Borkenhagen transforms old, defunct pieces of furniture and other everyday objects through a process of "artistic recycling". He invites interaction and provides a new view on reality by reusing recognizable objects in conceptual and humorous ways. SCV II and Topen are mobile objects with a religious context that belong to his acclaimed collection TransSakrales from 2010. Premiering at Miart, PLAVA – as the Jewish dessert traditionally eaten during the Passover festivities- is a new floor lamp that continues this thematic. With this portable religious iconography, he explores the way in which we relate to the meaning of objects in our immediate surrounding.
The photographs of Hélène Binet, recipient of the prestigious Julius Shulman Award, explore the intersection between art and architecture. Binet transforms complex architectural masterpieces into breathtaking photographic compositions made of light and shadow. Emphasizing how a building’s atmospheric qualities are created through the interaction between structure and natural light. She has captured iconic images of works by contemporary architects including the Maxxi Museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid. Binet´s large-scale photographs of the Basento Bridge in Potenza by Italian architect Sergio Musmeci in the 1970’s evoke the physical and daring effort needed to make this unique and avant-garde bridge. The photographs show the almost animal like and surreal aspect of the bridge and allow the viewer to nearly touch the concrete and dream about an impossible feeling of being swinging within the curve of the material. The work of Binet is currently part of the group exhibition 'Image Building - How Photography transforms Architecture' at the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, New York.
Rolf Sachs' work is manifest as art, design, objects, photography, spaces and visual medium, all of which are approached with his playful sense of humor. The Swiss conceptual artist is always challenging and analyzing the exposure of people towards everyday objects. His seating pieces Doppelstuhl and Chip on the Shoulder are the perfect examples of how he recontextualize objects, breaking them apart and bringing them together in new ways or materials.
His photographic work from the Camera in Motion series is a recording of the experience of traveling on the Albula-Bernina Express through the Swiss Alps between Chur (Switzerland) and Tirano (Italy), a journey deeply engraved on the artist’s life. Photographed from the legendary train, Sachs portrays the breathtaking landscape from a passenger’s viewpoint, depicting a unique perspective of motion and abstract imagery of the scenic terrain.
Highlighting craftsmanship and materials such as silver, copper, glass and marble, ammann//gallery premiers the work of Mexican designer Joel Escalona in Europe, whose sculptural table pieces challenge the laws of equilibrium. Each piece has been produced using different traditional mexianc craft techniques combined with industrial technologies. In the same line of craftsmanship and poetry, the gallery’s presentation also includes the hand-cut leather Huixcolotla sideboard by Mexican design studio Ad Hoc inspired by the “Papel Picado” tradition.
A globally respected gallerist and one of the leading forces and tastemakers within the collectible art/design market, Gabrielle Ammann founded ammann//gallery in Cologne in 2006. Known for her unique curatorial approach, she cultivates a cutting-edge program devoted to innovation and connoisseurship in the fields of fine art, design, and architecture, including some of the most important artists and designers in the world like Ron Arad, Hélène Binet, Florian Borkenhagen, Zaha Hadid, Shi Jianmin, Studio Nucleo, Satyendra Pakhalé, Rolf Sachs, Wang Jin and Wolfs + Jung.
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