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“Collecting Lines – Drawings from the Ringier Collection” Chapter I at Villa Flora, Winterthur

Joe Bradley, Dr. Lakra, Sherrie Levine, Uri Aran, Keith Tyson, Sean Landers, Heimo Zobernig, General Idea, Urs Fischer, Sarah Lucas, Isa Genzken, Albert Oehlen, Verne Dawson, Philippe Parreno & Pierre Huyghe, Paul Thek, Ed Ruscha, Robert Overby, Valentin Carron, Karen Kilimnik, Louise Lawler, Raymond Pettibon, Manfred Pernice, Cameron Jamie, Rodney Graham, Peter Land, Richard Artschwager, Christopher Wool, Kai Althoff

After “Blasted Allegories” (2008 at the Kunstmuseum Luzern), “Collecting Lines” is the second public presentation of the Ringier Collection. Curatorially supervised by Beatrix Ruf since 1995, the Ringier Collection brings together a wide range of contemporary art positions in photography, video, painting, drawing, objects and installations since the late 1960s. The collecting activity, which has no national or media orientation, focuses particularly on intensively collecting groups of works by the artists represented and giving the works public exposure on company premises and through extensive loans to exhibitions, institutions and museums.

Drawings are a core element of the collection. The collection of works on paper by the early Russian and Western European avant-garde, begun by the spouses Ellen and Michael Ringier back in the 1980s, has been consistently extended over the past 20 years by collecting body of works spanning from early Conceptual Artists like John Baldessari, Douglas Huebler, Vito Acconci, Robert Barry, Joseph Kosuth, or Alighiero Boetti to oeuvres by leading contemporary artists like John Armleder, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Matt Mullican, Urs Fischer, Jim Shaw, Richard Phillips, Mike Kelley, Karen Kilimnik, Jack Pierson, Joe Bradley, Wade Guyton, Trisha Donnelly, Lutz Bacher and Rosemarie Trockel among many others.

Both exhibitions subscribe to a broadened conceptually-geared view of drawing: drawing is not understood as a secondary medium to the work of the artists a mere preparatory sketch, but as hierarchically equal and autonomous media within which the conceptual and creative basis of an artistic position is articulated.

Many of the artists represented in the collection have explored drawn formats extensively, questioning its status and conceiving new forms of the dessin: e.g. Trisha Donnelly, who fuses drawing and video; Urs Fischer, who creates drawings in three-dimensional space; or artists like Raymond Pettibon, Larry Johnson and Mike Kelley, who work with the pictorial idiom of comics. The question of the role that drawing might play in the production and distribution of digital images is addressed by artists like Wade Guyton, Seth Price and Helen Marten.

Curated by Arthur Fink & Beatrix Ruf

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at Villa Flora, Winterthur

until 2 August 2015

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“Collecting Lines – Drawings from the Ringier Collection” Chapter I installation views at Villa Flora, Winterthur, 2015

Courtesy: © the artist, Sammlung Ringier, Zurich. Photo: © Gerhard Born.

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