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Erich Weiss featuring Otto Tschumi


Erich Weiss featuring Otto Tschumi


It may appear strange that a contemporary artist adopts a rather ‘obscure’ Swiss artist to feature as guest star in his solo exhibition.
But this is not so surprising, as we consider Erich Weiss’ recent history as artist of our gallery. He invited almost always fellow artists or colleagues whose work he appreciated to join him in his exhibitions: ‘Blood spilt for Nothing’ with Thomas Galler, ‘Bela Lugosi is Dead’ with Arno Nollen, Katia Bourdarel or Dirk Braeckman. This tradition of ‘collaborations’ or ‘œuvres’ made by multiple minds is no doubt a heritage of the spirit of surrealism. Because one could state beyond all question that «Surrealism is Weiss’ DADA». It’s his passion –since his childhood- a real obsession.
So it is no surprise when he picks out Otto Tschumi, to pay him a tribute. He will continue to do so by adding him to a list of an ambitious exhibition project that will be shown in April at the premises of the Von Bartha Collection – Basel and afterwards in the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam (October 2016 > January 2017) under the promising title «SURREALISM & BEYOND».

The visitors of the exhibition at Galerie Bernhard Bischoff & Partner will be able to discover new collages, neon signs and photographic works of the artist Erich Weiss.
The title ‘BLACK’ has of course multiple and complex connotations, both positive and negative. First of all it’s clear there’s inside humour (tongue in cheek) involved: Erich Weiss making a ‘black show’. Black is darkness, it stands for evil, discrimination, colonialism, slavery, but at the same time it is the driving force between all the good music we grew up with: from Jazz to Rock’n Roll. In art there’s Malevitsch’s black square, as a point zero of minimalism. It remembers famous artists like Josephine Baker or Al Jones, operating in Cabarets and Musicals. All these people are Erich Weiss’ secret heroes and references. What he offers to the public never is an easy solution: he likes to puzzle the mind.

An important part of the exhibition will be the special site-specific performance made for the opening, in collaboration with the black dancer/actress Marthe Bolda, born in Cameroun.

Beware: the artist always keeps his promises. And Erich Weiss said that this exhibition in Bern would be “WILD”/ “WEIRD“/ “TRANS(A)GRESSIVE“ & “SEXY”!

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Christian Indermühle 2020
Peter Wüthrich - Literary Ghost 2020
Dominik Stauch - Painkillers 2019
Xerxes Ach - Secret Colors 2019
Peter Soriano Snowmelt 2019
Elsbeth Böniger - Prozesse 2004-2019
Filip Haag - Malerei und Zeichnung 2019
Pascal Danz - Works on Paper 2019
Bodo Korsig - Escape from Memory 2019
Kotscha Reist - Comptoire de Mystic 2019
Martin Kasper
Reto Camenisch 2018
Christian Denzler 2018
Martin Kasper - Im Wechsel 2018
Martin Kasper
Matchpoint 2018
Andrea Heller / Dominik Stauch 2018
Porter à l'envers 2018
Alfred Hofkunst 2018
Silvia Gertsch - Captured 2018
Winter Story 2017
Böniger / Indermühle 2017
Sereina Steinemann 2017
Xerxes Ach - inside outside 2017
Christian Indermühle - Glarea 2017
Peter Wüthrich 2017
Samuel Blaser - Skip the Pit Stop 2017
Filip Haag - Ins Auge 2017
Kotscha Reist - Painting As Usual 2017
Pascal Danz - Vor der Reise 2016
Laurent Schmid 2016
Freyschmidt/Merkisch/à Wengen 2016
Aquaréelles 2016
Com&Com - New works 2016
Reto Leibundgut - Clementine 2016
Erich Weiss feat. Otto Tschumi 2016
Dominik Stauch 2015
Christian Denzler - Neue Arbeiten 2015
Bodo Korsig - No regrets 2015
Filip Haag - Abrakadie & mehr 2015
Kotscha Reist 2015
Samuel Blaser 2015
Pascal Danz 2015
Elsbeth Böniger - Structures 2015
Catching Moments 2014
Now and Here 2014
(Hi)stories 2014
Summerproject 14
Com&Com - Sky 2014
Katia Bourdarel 2014
Otto Tschumi - Variationen 2014
Lorenz Spring - Spring im Winter 2014
En-lighted 2013
Reto Leibundgut 2013
Patterns 2013
Filip Haag - Oder nach Absprache 2013
Mit dem Körper sehen 2013
Samuel Blaser - Diptycha 2013
Originally Bern 2013
Zwischenspiel: PROGR In-House 2013
Kotscha Reist - Old Ideas 2013
Pascal Danz 2013
Dominik Stauch - Rhinestones 2012
Tiefen Wirkungen 2012
Summerproject 2012
On paper 2012
Com&Com - Clouds 2012
Arno Nollen 2012
Locking glass 2012
Raffaela Chiara - Transformer Kit 2012
X Years 2011
Dominik Stauch - Breathless 2011
Marius Lüscher 2011
Reto Leibundgut - Flora 2011
Kotscha Reist - Painting Life 2011
Microcosmes 2011
Elsbeth Böniger 2011
Laurent Schmid - Rope Tricks 2010
Reto Camenisch 2010
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