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Navid Nuur at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen

For his first solo exhibition at a Swiss institution, Navid Nuur created a ‘parallel’ world in the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, showing its innumerable possibilities for the generation of poetic moments with everyday materials. Our various senses, as well as other forms of perception such as reading and walking, play an important role in the reception of his works. “Post parallelism” is conceived as a system which generates internal references and itself becomes content. Full of small humorous gestures on the one hand and spectacular expansive installations on the other, this exhibition will remain in the memory of the visitors as a unique experience.

For example, Nuur moves the majority of the neon tube ceiling lighting from the first exhibition room to the last hall and sculpturally recombines them there; or he gives the title ‘Forest with no view’ to two large transport crates with a strong smell of wood and transforms them into a passageway for visitors. Besides such larger interventions into the Kunst Halle premises, Nuur is showing very different works which repeatedly show up the relationships between macro and microcosmos. In simple but impressive ways he thus demonstrates the possibilities of art which – like no other form of expression – can create magic moments of revelation.

Top – Navid Nuur, Untitled, 2011. Photo: Cathleen Schuster, Marcel Dickhage
Navid Nuur, “Post parallelism”, exhibition view, 2011. Photo: Cathleen Schuster, Marcel Dickhage

Navid Nuur, “Post parallelism”, exhibition view, 2011. Photo: Cathleen Schuster, Marcel Dickhage

Navid Nuur, TENTACLE THOUGHT No. 13, 2006-2011. Photo: Cathleen Schuster, Marcel Dickhage

Navid Nuur, °º°º°º°º°º°º°, 2011. Photo: Cathleen Schuster, Marcel Dickhage

Navid Nuur, “Post parallelism”, exhibition view, 2011. Photo: Cathleen Schuster, Marcel Dickhage

Navid Nuur, Hitherto, 2011. Photo: Cathleen Schuster, Marcel Dickhage

“Post Parallelism” is accompanied by an artist’s book published by Mousse. Bored at the Museum, Bored at the Studio is a two-way book in which Navid Nuur has collected a hundred images found on the Internet, depicting the “creative boredom” that often seizes visitors to traditional museum spaces: a phenomenon well-described by Giovanni Carmine in the introductory text “To Be, or Not to Be (Bored) ”.

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