"Can Buildings Curate"
Vernissage le jeudi 4 mai 2006
Ouverture du 5 mai au 18 juin 2006
The exhibition is curated and designed by the London based group Newbetter, who are: Shumon Basar, Joshua Bolchover and Parag Sharma.
With new works by San Keller and Sandrine Pelletier

The modern gallery setting remains a contentious, inspirational, and problematic cultural battleground. Venerated shrine, shop window, troubled site, or an anachronism awaiting a much needed re-vamp, the gallery continues to be these things and more. It’s the backdrop to a fascinating love/hate triangle between artists, architects, and curators. Sometimes egos compete. Occasionally envy is elicited. And every so often love prevails as new and collaborative relationships are born. The collected participants of Can Buildings Curate provoke questions about art’s production, presentation and consumption through the irrepressible filter of the modern gallery.

MARCEL DUCHAMP, FRIEDRICH KIESLER, ALEXANDER DORNER, EL LISSITZKY, YVES KLEIN and ARMAN evoke a historical trajectory of ideological provocations, provocateurs, and early twentieth century visionaries pushing the boundaries between art and the dimensions of its display. Their legacy continued through the 1960s and 70s where context became content, and "institutional critique" was at the fore. MICHAEL ASHER’s now seminal installations of this period exemplify this turning point.

The artist SAN KELLER, from Zurich, will implement a new site-specific installation in Galerie Lucy Mackintosh based on the creation of an economy between dust, space, authorship and artefact. DRABBLE + SACHS, a Swiss-based curator/artist duo, continue their research into the discourse of art’s economy by meeting with architect ISA STÜRM and thrashing out the ménage à trois between art, architecture, and curation as a live performance-debate. DEE FERRIS, a London-based painter, draws connections between her studio, and the space of the exhibition through an instructional work that is growing as the piece travels, with contributions added by EAMON O’KANE (at Bristol, UK), YUH-SHIOH WONG (at New York, US) and the Paris based SANDRINE PELLETIER, who will produce the Lucy Mackintosh iteration.

A collection of "Indicative Projects", built and unbuilt, stir up further themes. LINA BO BARDI, OMA/REM KOOLHAAS, DILLER+SCOFI DIO, SANAA (SEJIMA/ NISHIZAWA), RßSIE, HIRSCH/MÜLLER, AS-IF and ZAHA HADID represent some of today’s most inventive architectural approaches, all collaborating closely with notable artists, curators or art institutions in unorthodox ways. DAVIDE BERTOCCHI and GOSHKA MACUGA represent a generation of artists fuelled by twentieth-century Utopian architectures and visionary display makers. NEAL ROCK’s silicon splatters question the propriety of the gallery space, notably evidenced at his intervention at New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture, by VITO ACCONCI and STEVEN HOLL. CAI GUO-QIANG escapes the curatorial limits of the gallery altogether and forges new life in half-forgotten structures. And curators BARBARA VANDERLINDEN (Roomade, Brussels) and IGOR ZABEL (Moderna Galeria, Ljublana) with JOSEF DABERNIG reflect on the logic of given architectural spaces in their curatorial practices.

The exhibition design will engage with DECOSTERD + RAHM’s physiological architecture of the LUCY MACKINTOSH GALLERY. Fabricated from a palette of lightweight, secondary construction items, the travelling troupe of display elements will congregate and be directed by the particular qualities of the host space. An printed exhibition guide complements the 3 dimensional space with commentary and historical contextualization. Lausanne will be the fourth configuration of the elements, and the first to take place in a commercial gallery environment.

The show originated at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London (April–May 05) and travelled to LOT, Bristol, (June–July 05); and the Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York (Sept–Oct 05).
Show overview

Décosterd & Rham
Lucy Mackintosh Gallery

San Keller

San Keller

Décosterd & Rahm
Lucy Mackintosh Gallery

Sandrine Pelletier

Dee Ferris & Co

Dee Ferris & Co

Neal Rock
Faith-Culture: Satellite

Neal Rock
Faith-Culture: Satellite

Neal Rock
Faith-Culture: Satellite

Can Buildings Curate

Show View

Show View

Sound Architecture for

Show View

Show View

Show View

Show View

Show View

Goshka Macuga

Can Buildings Curate

Dusty Relief

Dusty Relief

Le Temps
9 mai 2006

11 mai 2006

24 heures
23 mai 2006

Stephen Felmingham
touching: clear

Michael Ashcroft
All The Rest Of The
Things In The World

Abbas Kiarostami
Pariyoush Ganji

You know I can't
I can't stop my brain


Julius Baer Art Talks
by Sarah Thornton

Li Zhenhua

Maurice Schobinger

Lumen & Lux

The Tenth Sentiment

Where Stands History

La Lumière d'Héphaïstos
au Château d'Aubonne

Jane Marsching Ice Out
Lalie Schewadron
Under The Bridge

Repons. EPFL
Rolex Learning

Art Dubai
Charlie Koolhaas
Michael Ashcroft
Camille Zakharia

Madelon Vriesendorp
EPFL Rolex Learning

People Don’t Do
Such Things!

Les Urbaines Festival
Doris Lasch
& Ursula Ponn

"Room for Thought"
Madelon Vriesendorp & Charlie Koolhaas

Welcome to Colorful

Back Yard, concept
by Veronika Spierenburg

"Stalingrad Volgograd Series"
Maurice Schobinger

"Sweet Alpine"
Michael Aschroft

Love With
Unconfined Wings

"Duplicate Array: Objects/Buildings/Plans"
FAT, Fashion Architecture Taste

eArts Beyond
art fair Shanghai

Tomoko Yoneda
Gauri Gill

Grands Paysages
Wide European Landscapes

Offspring /

"Home 2"
Olaf Breuning


"Functional Escape"
Ingrid Hora
"Mix Media"
Lukas Wassmann

Working Space II

"Whistling Dixie"
Are You Meaning Company
Peter Liversidge

"Home Alone"
Juan Bolivar

"Everything Material
Something Immaterial"

"Everyone has his day
and some days last
longer than others"
Naofumi Maruyama & Francisco Sierra

Ensemble Babel

what we talk

"Eau Sauvage" part II
Fieldgate, London

"Knochen Regen"
Sandrine Pelletier
Lauris Paulus

Justin Hibbs

"The Return of the
Seven Samurai"
Grizedale Arts

Ryota Kuwakubo & Reico Yamaguchi

"When Life Began"
Michael Ashcroft

"To Infinity,
and Beyond!"

Group show

"Can Buildings Curate"

Eau Sauvage

Ayumi Minemura
Are You Meaning Company

"Erscheinungsformen des zweidimensionales Raumes und deren Umstände"

"Studies for the Consumption"
Ryota Kuwakubo & Reico Yamaguchi

10 puissance 24

"What Birds See"
Christian Vetter

"Bee Vessel Wax Wave"
Stephen Felmingham

News From Nowhere

An evening's event
Décosterd & Rahm

Alexandre Hollan And Also The Trees

"Qaqortok - Niseko"
Joel Tettamanti

"BD Origin"
Büro Destruct