Shahryar Nashat
Das Beispiel

April 26 to June 28, 2008
opening hours : from Wednesday to Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. and by appointment

'Das Beispiel', exhibition vues (photo Georg Rehsteiner)
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The exhibition by Shahryar Nashat is part of a series of new productions presented at attitudes for the first time. This year, our emphasis is on original and challenging personal exhibitions, resulting from an intense exchange between the artist and us. Shahryar Nashat's new project Das Beispiel (The Example) involves a video, a sculpture and an installation, in a space transformed and organized by different sources of light.

Shahryar Nashat was among the artists of the Swiss pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005, where he presented The Regulating Line, a film shot at the Louvre in the Rubens room. In 2007, he took part in the H-Box project - an initiative launched by Maison Hermès and presented at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. His contribution to the project was the video Plaque - screened again this year at the Art Unlimited in Basel - which presented the construction of a concrete slab reproducing the TV stage where Glenn Gould played the Goldberg variations. The work therefore involved a close connection between video and sculpture.

The video Das Beispiel, whose musical score is also drawn from Bach, emphasizes even further the interweaving between sculpture and video. This time, the sculpture (a 3m high concrete cone) is present within the exhibition - one could even say that it plays the "leading role". It is an analysis of the creative process, staged by the artist and left to the audience's interpretation, as the cone will never be visible in its entirety.

Videostill of'Das Beispiel', HD Video, 2008 (Courtesy of the Artist and Elisabeth Kaufmann Zurich)
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, video, 2008 (HDV, 9'40'')
director and editing: Shahryar Nashat / camera: Marc Bauer and Shahryar Nashat / sound recording and sound design: Stéphane Brunclair / with: David Andermatt, Philipp Bachmann et Adriano Sack / thanks to: Sébastien Aeby, Konrad Bitterli, Kataleen Deér, Georges Hanimann - Theater St. Gallen, Felix Lehner and Roland Wäspe.

MONUMENT, sculpture, 2008 (scaffolding, 818 x 380 x 337H cm)
conception Shahryar Nashat / installation: Favre Echaffaudages SA, Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

PLATTFORM sculpture, 2008 (concrete, 290 x 180cm)
conception: Shahryar Nashat / production: David Andermatt and Philipp Bachmann, Sitterwerk - Saint-Gall (Switzerland)

Supported by
Thanks to Kunstgiesserei St.Gallen AG, Stiftung Sitterwerk and to Rampini Construction, Genève

Shahryar Nashat (CH, 1975, lives in Berlin)

solo exhibitions
2008 Das Beispiel, attitudes, Genève / Placed High for Dramatic Impact, Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Roma / 2007 No Norm, Stiftung Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg / 2006 Because the ultimate foundation is not founded, Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zürich / ACCADEMIA, Praz-Delavallade, Paris / Video works, Leyla Akinci, Amsterdam / 2005 Art Unlimited, Art Basel 36, Basel / Overthrowing the King in his Own Mind, avec Marc Bauer et Alexia Walther, Kunstmuseum Solothurn * / 2004 Galerie Yvon Lambert, Le Studio, Paris / Italian Studies, Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zürich / Staatsgewalt, Le Studio, CAN Neuchâtel / 2003 Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, ex-Macelli, Prato / 2002 154 Days, Nicolas Krupp, Basel / Laterally yours, Kunstverein im Katharinen, St-Gallen / In return, Centre Pasquart, (collab. avec Ryan Gander), Bienne / Unreasonably resonant, Centre pour l'Image Contemporaine, Genève / 2001 And then he's meant to disappear, Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zürich / All the way back, Centro d'Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona

group exhibitions (selection)
2008 H-Box, Mudam Luxembourg; Musac, Leon; Tate Modern, London / Shifting Identities, Kunsthaus, cur. Mirjam Varadinis, Zürich / 2007 H-Box, Centre Pompidou, Paris / House Trip, Berlin Artforum, cur. Ami Barak, Berlin / Monument for a Cone, Viennafair Zone 1 / In the Eye of the Storm, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen / 2006 Left Right Art Zone, cur. Ai Weiwei, Pékin / Son et lumière, Kunstmuseum Solothurn / Conversation Pieces, Centre d'art contemporain Genève / Globos Sonda / Trial Balloons, MUSAC, Leon * / Swiss Contemporary artists, Tokyo City Museum of Art, cur. Françoise Ninghetto, Tokyo / Mixed Emotions, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel / Gravity, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam / 2005 Shadows collide with people, 51e Biennale de Venise, Pavillon Suisse, Venise * / Contenance - Fassung Bewahren, Württembergischer Kunstvereing Stuttgart / Les Grands Spectacles, Museum der Moderne Salzburg * / After the Revolution, Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastian * / Sentieri e avvistamenti - La scena svizzera contemporanea, Centro d' Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, La Spezia * / We really have to strain ourselves to still discover mysteries on street signs, CCA, Warsaw Double Vision, Magazzino d'arte moderna, Roma / Me, Myself and I - Video works from the collection, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen / 2004 Emozion Eins, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt-am-Main * / Dalla pagina allo spazio, Pro Helvetia, Museo cantonale Lugano / My Stories, Montevideo, Netherlands Media Institute, Amsterdam / 2003 lautloses irren, ways of worldmaking, too, Postbahnhof, cur. Harm Lux*, Berlin / Urban Diaries - Young Swiss Art, Alcala 31, cur. Martin Schwander et Sabine Schaschl Cooper*, Madrid / 2002 Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam / A'dam and Eve, De Appel, Amsterdam / Unloaded - Coming Up for Air, cur. Giovanni Carmine, Oberschan-Sargans * / 2001 Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam / 2000 Heart, Centro d'Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona / 1999 999, Centro d'Arte Contemporanea Ticino, cur. Giovanni Carmine *, Bellinzona

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