Jules Spinatsch
In his first monographic exhibition in a Swiss art museum, the photographer Jules Spinatsch (b. 1964 in Davos, now living and working in Zürich and Geneva) will show new works from his well-known long-term project ‘Snow Management’. Executed specifically for the exhibition in Zug, the works to be placed on view will be combined with ones from other series. In the ‘Snow Management’ photographs and videos, Jules Spinatsch observes and documents how the human being shapes the alpine region. The images from the cycle show how snow is manufactured and processed in the shine of a snow cat’s headlights – i.e. how enormous effort is invested into preparing entire landscapes in order to create as perfect as possible an illusion of – artificially generated – nature.
A night-time event in Serfaus (Tyrol) revolves around a negative image of the Endurance – the ship used on the Briton Ernest Shackleton’s abortive 1916 expedition to the Antarctic. In Spinatsch's photograph the vessel, trapped in the ice and doomed, is projected onto the slope of a mountain. The brightly illuminated nocturnal landscape is a stage for early twenty-first century event culture.
As was the case in his earlier cycle ‘Temporary Discomfort’ on political summit meetings, Jules Spinatsch exposes contradictions without making premature judgements about them. We are reminded of Jim Ring’s book How the English Made the Alps, and in that context the present-day customs can virtually be seen as the continuation of a long-standing tradition.

The Jules Spinatsch exhibition will be accompanied by works from the collection in the south wing of the museum.



Events during the exhibition

   Saturday, December 6, 17:15 p.m.

Speaker: Marco Obrist, curator of the exhibition

  Panel Discussion and Book Presentation
    Sunday, February 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Panel discussion and Book presentation
With Jules Spinatsch and Marco Obrist

  Public guided tours
    Monday, December 8, 16:00 p.m. – 17:00 p.m.
  With Jules Spinatsch and Marco Obrist
    Sunday, January 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
  Gallery talk with Marco Obrist
    Sunday, January 25, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
  Gallery talk with Sandra Winiger, art mediator
  Art at noon
    Tuesday, December 16, 12:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
  With Sandra Winiger
    Tuesday, February 3, 12:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
  With Marco Obrist
  Art in the Evening
    Tuesday, January 6, 18:00 p.m. – 19:30 p.m.
  With Sandra Winiger
    Tuesday, January 20, 18:00 p.m. – 19:30 p.m.
  With Marco Obrist (in English)
  Art and Lunch
    Wed, Dec.12. | Thu, Jan 15. | Fri. Feb 15
  With typical dishes from the Grisons
  Admission fees:
  CHF 10.00 | CHF 8.00 reduced
  Special events for schools
  Art education, phone: 041 725 33 44
  The exhibition is generously supported by:

  Zuger Kantonalbank
Stiftung Erna und Curt Burgauer
Kulturförderung Kanton Graubünden
Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich

Next exhibition

Hans Weigand
March 8 to May 10, 2009

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