The Body, The Mind, This Constructed World
Anders Herwald Ruhwald
Anders Herwald Ruhwald
Anders Herwald Ruhwald
Artists Anders Herwald Ruhwald
Opening: Tuesday 17th July, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Officine Saffi and the Casa Museo Jorn are pleased to announce The Body, The Mind, This Constructed World, a solo exhibition by Anders Herwald Ruhwald. The exhibition will be open from 17 July to 30 September at the Jorn House Museum, Albissola Marina. Together with the Milanese preview - The Thing in Your Mind - organised by Officine Saffi in April 2018, the exhibition in Albissola represents the first solo museum exhibition in Italy, by the Danish artist currently residing in the United States.
The Body, The Mind, This Constructed World is an entirely new body of work made by Ruhwald specifically for Casa Museo Jorn. The fifteen sculptures, installed in and around the buildings and gardens of the museum, are the result a year of Ruhwald’s dedicated research into Asger Jorn’s writings and theories on architecture and design. Ruhwald’s individual sculptures become annotations to the house and recontextualize central ideas of Asger Jorn’s universe and theoretical framework- especially his critique of functionalism, capitalism and his use of décollage as an artistic strategy.
In this way Ruhwald’s interventions at Casa Museo Jorn serve as questions and commentary to Jorn’s architecture in the form of sculptures. These sculptures occupy specific sites in the museum- not trying to inhabit it, but by engaging a house that once was a living artwork but now is a museum. As an example the two sculptures Adaptable Body I e II are attached to the kitchen furniture by commercial clamps from which amorphous glazed lumps of ceramics protrude.
These sculptures integrate the furniture into the sculpture by reconfiguring the utilitarian value of the furniture. Yet this relationship is not fixed and is potentially changeable by releasing the clamp and placing the object elsewhere. Hereby the sculptures are a temporary animation of an otherwise set interior, rearranging the objects hierarchies of room. It is a potentially continual changing type of sculpture that can make the any object it attaches to part of its meaning.
Around the gardens four bust-like ceramic heads titled The Four Sailors are placed. Each sculpture highlights a specific feature of the human head- an ear, an eye, a month, a nose- but are otherwise without specific facial characteristics. By this The Four Sailors are traditional busts that emphasize a human sensory ability in lieu of any kind of classical portraiture. As such they are a depiction of a fractured human perceptual ability and become a problematic allusion to Jorn’s theories of man in culture and nature.
Ruhwald’s exhibition The Body, The Mind, This Constructed World queries Jorn’s architectural critique and vision, as it is manifest at Casa Museo Jorn. It asks the question of how a place conceived and understood as a radical form of ever evolving architecture can progress after its creators have passed.
Anders Herwald Ruhwald (born 1974, Denmark) lives and works in Detroit, MI, USA and graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2005. Solo exhibitions include Unit 1: 3583 Dubois at MOCA Cleveland (USA); The State of Things at The Museum of Art and Design in Copenhagen (Denmark); You in Between at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (UK) and more than 30 gallery and museum solo-shows in Asia, Europe and the USA as well as more than 100 group-exhibitions around the world. Ruhwald’s work is represented in over 25 public collections internationally including The Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), Musée des Arts Décoratifs (France), The Denver Art Museum (USA), The Detroit Institute of Art (USA), The Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA) and The National Museum (Sweden). In 2015 Ruhwald was awarded a Knight Foundation grant (USA) to develop a permanent immersive installation inside an apartment in Detroit (USA), which opens later this year. He has also been awarded the Gold Prize at the Icheon International Ceramics Biennale (South Korea) in 2011 and the Sotheby’s Prize (UK) in 2007. Reviews include major publications in the Guardian (UK), Artforum.com (US), and the New York Times Magazine (US). Ruhwald has lectured and taught at universities and colleges around Europe and North-America. From 2008-2017 he was the Artist-in-Residence and head of the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, USA.
The exhibition, curated by the artistic director of the Jorn House Museum, Luca Bochicchio, has been produced by Officine Saffi with the support of the OJD Foundation and the Danish Arts Foundation, the patronage of the Municipality of Albissola Marina, and the contribution of the Amici di Casa Jorn [Friends of Casa Jorn] Association.
The Jorn House Museum is a space dedicated to the examination, exploration, verification and contradiction of the paradigms regarding the transformation of the historical-artistic canons throughout the various eras which have passed since 1957, the year in which, by no means a coincidence, Jorn founded the Situationist International movement, and began the transformation of his house in Albissola, which is now a public museum.
Officine Saffi is a research centre specialised in contemporary ceramics. The project includes a Gallery which organises and promotes solo and collective exhibitions by contemporary artists and masters of XX century, a Laboratory which plays host to courses and workshops, as well as the productions of artists and designers and artists residencies. The Publishing House produces art catalogues and the quarterly magazine Fragile. Lastly, completing the project, is the biennial competition Open to Art.
A 132 page hardcover catalogue of the show will be published in the fall with essays by Glenn Adamson, Luca Bochicchio and Ruth Baumeister.
CASA MUSEO ASGER JORN
Via D’Annunzio 6-8, 17012
Albissola Marina (SV)
+39 019 400291
Tue 9am – noon, Thu 3pm – 5pm
Sat and Sunday 10am - 1pm, 4pm – 8pm
(September until 7pm)
Works on show:
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