Peter Wüthrich


17.1. – 22.2.2020

Opening Thursday 16th of January 2020 18-20h


For more than 25 years Swiss artist Peter Wüthrich, who lives and works in and around Bern, has been focusing on one single group of objects: books. Examining the object of his fascination from various different perspectives, he has been piling books on top of each other, thus turning them into sculptures, hanging linen-bound books up on walls so that they become pictures, or even staging performances by carrying them around.

As Wüthrich’s chosen medium of expression, the book undergoes many a metamorphosis and numerous transformations. Despite of this, it never loses touch with its own reality as a physical object displaying printed pages and words. Rather, Peter Wüthrich’s artistic process frees the book of its purpose as an object to be read. Books become abstract paintings, installations or a medium for performances.
“The installation artist and photographer acts like a painter or sculptor, he thinks like a poet, stage-manages like a director. Imagination turns words into pictures, poems into paintings, novels into films.” [1]

Literary Ghost, the group of works giving the exhibition its title, consists of an accumulation of books that has been covered with a fine spray of paint. The second group of works in the show is made up of three-dimensional objects that clearly represent the shape of houses in the broad sense of the term. There are small one-storey houses, towering high-rises as one might see them in Manhattan, or modest townhouses with multiple floors. Yet all these “houses” consist of nothing more than books and added paint.
A book, as we all know, is also a physical affair. By declaring himself the actual architect, Wüthrich portrays the authorship of several classics of world literature as it were, and with the books help re-enacts the protagonists’ lives in their homes.

In addition to the gallery show we exhibit Peter Wüthrich’s video TWO BOOKS in the showroom of TWO BOOKS grew out of the three-dimensional series of works with the same name: linen books of different colours and sizes, two at a time, were put one on top of the other, resulting in an almost endless flow of possibilities and an infinite interplay between the most diverse books; their contents and external colours. For the video, 400 photographs of this series have been edited together, following each other in extremely short intervalls of 1/10th of a second. The video is accompanied by a sound-track produced in conjunction with Electronica Nu Jazz, London, which corresponds to the speed of the video.


[1] “Hard Love: Von der Leichtigkeit des Gewichtigen” (Dr. Christoph Vögele, Director Kunstmuseum Solothurn)

Archiv Bern/PROGR:
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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