Erich Weiss featuring Anna Dot, Teresa Estape, Toyen, Otto Tschumi


15.8. – 19.9.2020


Erich Weiss, «The way we see it», 2020, Foto, Dyptichon, je 26 x 34 cm
Erich Weiss, «The way we see it», 2020, Foto, Dyptichon, je 26 x 34 cm
Erich Weiss, «The Question», 2020, Foto und Zeichnung, 32 x 41 cm
Erich Weiss, «Tears», 2020, Collage, 23 x 32 cm
Erich Weiss, «L'amour rend aveugle», 2020, Collage und Schmuck, 23 x 32 cm
Erich Weiss, «Belle», 2020, Zeichnung und Schmuck, 31 x 41 cm
Teresa Estape, «The Unjewelery Chain», Gold, Edition 100
Anna Dot, «Lovers who uncover», 2019, bestickter Vorhang, 200 x 130 cm
Otto Tschumi, «Einige Geschichten», 1949, Oel auf Holz, 31 x 31 cm
Otto Tschumi, «Das Dorf», 1959, Oel, 58 x 55 cm
Otto Tschumi, «L'oiseaux mort», 1974, Oel auf Holz, 26,5 x 22,5 cm
Otto Tschumi, «Hommage à Lesabendio», 1966, Tempera, 41 x 29 cm
Otto Tschumi, «Transfiguration», 1957, Tempera, 50 x 38 cm

The Indiscreet Jewels (French: Les bijoux indiscrets) is the title of the first novel by Denis Diderot, published anonymously in 1748. It is an allegory that portrays Louis XV as a sultan owning a magic ring that makes women's genitals ("jewels") talk. One of the main characters in the story is no doubt Madame de Pompadour. But Erich Weiss discovered the title of this fascinating story because of a work of Belgian surrealist René Magritte bearing an eponymous title.

The artist is known for his obsession with two avantgarde movements who influenced deeply contemporary thinking and artistic creation : dadaism and surrealism. So it is no surprise he decided to choose again to hang a small selection of the Swiss artist Otto Tschumi’s work as part of his exhibition at the gallery. He is the kind of ’shadow figure’ Weiss is interested in.

This strategy of inviting ‘guest stars’ characterizes the personal artistic strategy of the artist: his background being that of dance, theatre and music, he considers artmaking a process that is based on exchange and collaboration. Erich Weiss sees a museum or a gallery as a stage, where he constructs a subtle performance, where the visitor often is invited to play an active role. Two Spanish artists he invited to share the scene with him, have in a certain way a similar approach.

Teresa Estape, a well know craftswoman and designer based in Barcelona, creates a particular body of work entitled ‘Unjewelry’. It consists of a series of almost invisible, but precious and expensive jewels, that only are visible for the one who is informed about their existence. This specific information will be given to the audience by the artist herself during a private presentation at the opening night.

This magic border between the visible and the invisible fascinates also the other Catalan artist in the exhibition. Anna Dot too invites the visitor to interact physically with her installations: by moving a curtain, listening to a soundtrack or touching obscure text works, she seduces us and sets our imagination and our mind in motion. Like Weiss’ work hers refers to literature: in this case she caught as inspiration Maurice Maeterlinck’s theatre piece ‘Les aveugles’.

Full of mystery and hidden messages is also the work of the Czech surrealist guest: Toyen. An ambigious and fascinating figure, but like Tschumi little known to the public in general.

But surrounded by these guest presences and forgotten shadow figures, Erich Weiss clearly remains the Master of Ceremony. The selection of recent collages, objects, photographic works and drawings he presents are completed by one main performance for the opening night. It will consist of an action with a female protagonist. Complex references to Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Tristan Tzara served the artist as inspiration for the piece entitled ‘In advance of a broken arm’. Because we all know very well: ‘Accidents happen…even in a perfect world’.

Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Danz/Kasper 2020
Erich Weiss 2020
Dong / Steinemann 2020
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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