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Jimmie Durham - Ausstellung in Zürich

Künstler: Jimmie Durham
Ausstellung: 26/08/2017 - 05/11/2017
Veranstalter: Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Stadt: Zürich
Homepage: www.migrosmuseum.ch
Jimmie Durham, Maquette for a Museum of Switzerland, 2011, Sammlung Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, detail, photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

In the work of Jimmie Durham (b. 1940 in Washington, Arkansas), the examination of societal and political topics, but also the issue of the representation of civilising values, historicity and societal identity, are of central importance. His installations and sculptures reflect on the status of the object between civilizing fetish and artwork, and are metaphors for the sometimes complex and problematic encounters between the human being, technology and nature, from different cultural perspectives. Durham became internationally famous in the 1980s for his sculptures made from materials like wood, stone, and the bones and skulls of animals, with which he frequently thematised the incorporation of Native American elements into contemporary art, thus breaking down standardised visual languages and discourses. For the exhibition at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, in reference to these earlier works, Durham will realise a room-filling installation with a materiality that also addresses Durham's adopted home, Europe. Based on the skulls of the largest European animal breeds, the abstract life-size sculptures will challenge the binary rhetoric of artificial/natural, past/present and, not least, the Eurocentric norm of differentiation between art and craft. Durham is seen as one of the most important «artist's artists»: he has had a considerable influence on a generation of younger artists.