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Introduction, Kunsthaus Glarus
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In his solo exhibition Kilian Rüthemann (b. 1979 in Bütschwil, lives in Basle) is showing new works as well as an intervention involving works from the collection of the Glarner Kunstverein.
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In his works, Kilian Rüthemann always engages with the given situation of an exhibition space. He investigates the architectural and spatial qualities and in a surprising manner and makes precise, generally minimal interventions into the existing structure. In this way he monopolises the space and subversively influences the public’s perception. Rüthemann belongs to a new generation of young artists who are again devoting themselves to formal and aesthetic explorations in sculpture, but who are at the same time interested in processes of transformation and dissolution rather than stasis and permanence. The works generally remain temporary alterations which are returned to their original state after the exhibition. The transformation of the working material effectively corresponds to a change in its aggregate conditions. Rüthemann is primarily interested in the ephemeral and the changeable, build-up and decay – both in his works and in the architecture of the exhibition sites. The title of the exhibition refers to a specific interim period within a process during which the artist locates his works.
Since completing his training as a stonemason (1997-2001) and studying visual art and media at Basle College of Art and Design (2002-05), Rüthemann has won several prizes and grants, including the Iaab Exchange and Studio Grants (2008 in Berlin, 2007 in Istanbul), the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation Prize (2008) and the Basle Manor Prize (2009). He has shown his works in a series of solo and group exhibitions, as for example in Kunsthaus Baselland (solo exhibition 2007), Kunsthalle Basel (group exhibition Poor Thing 2007) and the 5th Berlin Contemporary Art Biennale in 2008.
Kunsthaus Glarus is showing Rüthemann’s works for the first time in a solo exhibition outside of the Basle context.