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Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
Main image: The Kunstmusem St. Gallen from the outside. Photo: © Sebastian Stadler From top: Paul McCarthy, White Snow Dwarf (Grumpy) from Ursula Hauser Collection. Photo: © Fredrik Nilsen Albrecht Dürer, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Photo: © Kunstmuseum St. Gallen Damien Deroubaix, The Night. Photo: © Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
A treasure trove for past and present The internationally renowned Kunstmuseum St. Gallen displays a diverse collection of works from various eras. Next to its temporary exhibitions focusing mainly on contemporary and modern art, the Kunstmuseum also features canvases and sculptures from the Late Middle Ages up to the present. These treasures are shown in rotating presentations. TEXT: THOMAS SCHROERS
Designed by local born architect Johann Christoph Kunkler, the Kunstmuseum was modelled after the Alte Pinakothek in Munich and its neo-classical style. On 8 October 1877, the museum was first opened for the public. In the following almost hundred years, the Kunstmuseum was able to accumulate an impressive collection. From important graphic reproductions by Dürer, Rembrandt and Callot, artistic heights of Dutch painting and German paintings from the Romanticist to Impressionist movement, the Kunstmuseum includes many valuable pieces. After a closing due to deterioration 42 | Issue 42 | September 2016
in 1970, the museum was extensively restored and finally reopened in 1987. At the moment, the Kunstmuseum shows two special exhibitions. In reference to the famous Pink Floyd song, the exhibition The Dark Side of the Moon delves into the abysmal within art and of course humanity. A centrepiece of the show, which runs until 23 October, are unique sculptures and space filling works of the Swiss artist Martin Disler. Around it, imposing, eerie works from the likes of Damien Deroubaix, Mona Hatoum and more are grouped. Naturally, the exhibition is
broadened by pieces from old masters like the aforementioned Dürer. In conjunction with The Dark Side of the Moon, the museum has launched a smartphone photo challenge. Visitors are invited to take snapshots of or around the exhibition and post them online to win, as a grand prize, a versatile polaroid camera. The second exhibition, running until November, focuses solely on Paul McCarthy and his hugely influential creations. For McCarthy’s work cycle about Snow White, the Kunstmusem has chosen its second venue, the Lokremise. Here the museum will display the complete group of McCarthy’s silicon dwarfs and further selected pieces. Typical for McCarthy, the presented works, deal with both social taboos and stereotypical views of popular culture. www.kunstmuseumsg.ch
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