12 Aug - 01 Oct 2017
12 August – 1 October 2017
Curated by Valérie Knoll and Geraldine Tedder
With works by Gerry Bibby, Everyone Agrees, Richard Hawkins, Jacqueline de Jong, Pierre Klossowski, Chris Kraus, Ben Rosenthal, Josef Strau, Anne Turyn, Peter Wächtler, Bendicht Walthert, Annette Wehrmann and Seyoung Yoon
And a selection of books by Michèle Bernstein, Tina Braegger, Leonora Carrington, Martin Disler, Lucy McKenzie & Alan Michael, Ariane Müller, Seth Price, Dieter Roth, Reena Spaulings, Dena Yago, Unica Zürn, and others.
Many artists consider writing a central part of their practice: writing novels, short stories, poems, reviews – the spectrum is broad and the resulting forms that the texts take on are varied, ranging from books to online periodicals to ‘art-objects’. The same goes for style: the writing can be experimental in that it plays with ‘classical’ literary structures, while at other times disregarding them. Artists today assume multiple functions and roles – that of the critic or the curator or, as in this case, that of the author.
Section Littéraire presents a selection of works that integrate or are connected to writing. Artists, whose work with texts and objects can be regarded as equal, functioning side by side, but also works where the two cannot, or will not, be separated. The story being told is the common thread running through different media, opening up a new space of expression, a different mode of reception beyond the familiar. The show on display in the lower level of the Kunsthalle Bern is a fragmentary inquiry of what fiction can be.