Image: Not Vital
300 Kamelköpfe aus Moskau wurden am 3.3.2005 an die Wand der Kunsthalle Bielefeld geworfen, 2005. © Not Vital, photo: Eric Gregory Powell
Museum Exhibition

Not Vital IR

8 December 2020—13 June 2021
Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Not Vital (1948 Sent, CH) is regarded as a nomadic artist, whose anthropological thirst for knowledge makes him seemingly restlessly travel the world, to process the impressions of different cultures in his sculptures. In fact, he is also closely linked to the place of his origin, the Swiss Engadin, to which he regularly returns. From this place and its traditions, his own memories of childhood and youth, he draws inspiration for his works, as well as images, forms and craft techniques of foreign cultures. Vital's work is formally distinguished by its striking clarity and precision, and at the same time conveys a mysterious timelessness through its not clearly nameable, archaic-looking iconography. The Museum der Moderne Salzburg will show a selection of sculptures with corresponding drawings by the artist.

Supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts CouncilSWISSLOS/Kulturstiftung, Kanton Graubünden and Stiftung Stavros S. Niarchos, Chur

Curators: Christina Penetsdorfer and Thorsten Sadowsky

The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated publication with scholarly essays in German and English

 

Scarpa per piede con 7 palle, From the series “Scarpa per …,” 2001. © Not Vital, photo: Eric Gregory Powell

Scarpa per piede con 7 palle, From the series “Scarpa per …,” 2001. © Not Vital, photo: Eric Gregory Powell

Animal Holding Large Egg, 1999. © Not Vital, photo: Ulrich Ghezz

Animal Holding Large Egg, 1999. © Not Vital, photo: Ulrich Ghezz

Not Not, 2014. © Not Vital, photo: Daniel Martinek

Not Not, 2014. © Not Vital, photo: Daniel Martinek

Ohne Titel (von hinten), 1999. © Not Vital, photo: Ulrich Ghezzi

Ohne Titel (von hinten), 1999. © Not Vital, photo: Ulrich Ghezzi

House to Watch the Sunset, 2016. © Not Vital, photo: Joschi Herczeg

House to Watch the Sunset, 2016. © Not Vital, photo: Joschi Herczeg

Pole on House, 2016. © Not Vital, photo: Joschi Herczeg

Pole on House, 2016. © Not Vital, photo: Joschi Herczeg

Camel, 2018. © Not Vital, photo: Eric Gregory Powell

Camel, 2018. © Not Vital, photo: Eric Gregory Powell

Not Vital at his studio in Sent Photo: © Sébastien Agnetti

Not Vital at his studio in Sent Photo: © Sébastien Agnetti

3 in 1 (Cradle, Bed, and Coffin), 2019. © Not Vital, photo: Eric Gregory Powell

3 in 1 (Cradle, Bed, and Coffin), 2019. © Not Vital, photo: Eric Gregory Powell

Hanging and Weighting, 2010. © Not Vital, photo: Eric Gregory Powell

Hanging and Weighting, 2010. © Not Vital, photo: Eric Gregory Powell

Camel, 2018. © Not Vital, photo: Eric Gregory Powell

Camel, 2018. © Not Vital, photo: Eric Gregory Powell

Photo © Beny Steiner

Photo © Beny Steiner

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