Alex Silber belongs to the first generation of Swiss artists who work in multimedia, installation and performance. Since the beginning of his artistic activity, he has been preoccupied with the media aspect of images and texts. What can images do and what do they do? What makes an image come alive? The reflected relationship to visual information formed and makes Alex Silber a voice of the present in a world characterized by the rush of images and iconoclasts. A large part of his œuvre is little known, even though important public collections such as the Kunstmuseum Basel or the Kunstmuseum Luzern, among others, own works.
The exhibition provides insight into the rich oeuvre with exemplary works from over fifty years to the present day. The principle of juxtaposition is decisive for the selection and the presentation. Johannes Nilo proposes works and Alex Silber responds to the selection with works of his choice. Thus the exhibition takes on the character of a dialogue of images. The question of the pictorial language, which is essential for Alex Silber's work, and its interpretation not through text but through further images, is made formally visible through this approach.
By establishing a context to works further back in time, which should help to provide an overview, the exhibition makes use of the form of the retrospective. Through the curatorial principle of juxtaposition and the fact that recent works are also shown, the historicizing tendency of retrospective is avoided. This procedure corresponds to Alex Silber's way of working in recent years, in which the work has also become the material of his work. As an unbounded retrospective, it aims to give rise to a critical reassessment. The exhibition is curated by Johannes Nilo together with the Kunsthalle Palazzo team, Michael Babics and Olivia Jenni.
To accompany the exhibition, a monographic publication will be published by Vexer Verlag (St. Gallen/Berlin): Alex Silber - In die Zeit gefallen, Werke 1971-2021. The book vernissage is scheduled for March 2023 at Kunsthalle Palazzo.
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