Artist: Jimmie Durham
Venue: Swiss Institute, New York
Exhibition Title: Maquette for a Museum of Switzerland
Date: March 7 – April 15, 2012
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Swiss Institute, New York
The work of Native American artist Jimmie Durham (b.1940, lives in Berlin, Germany) is manifold–as poet, former activist, essayist, and sculptor he deftly mines the fields of art and political reality, infiltrating culture industries in ways that are both ironic and ambivalent. The contemporary work of Durham plays upon the construction and build up of a “postmodern savage.” Durham’s Maquette for a Museum of Switzerland is a sincere, institutional-like setting.Containing objects, masks, photos as well as texts by the artist, it questions national clichés and symbols.
“Switzerland is a unique and exotic enclave of “a”, more than “anti-“ European culture. Its native arts and festivals have been largely hidden even within the country. “Maquette for a Museum of Switzerland” is an attempt to show a part of the delightful culture of the country, with the view of establishing a Swiss center in a proposed museum of Europe in the future. In both instances emphasis will be placed primarily on pre-christian and non-christian phenomena. (although in the ‘Maquette’ there will be a brief look at both watchmaking and banking.)”