Voodoo on wood, 2015
This branch originates from one of the trees that were felled for the extension of the Kunsthaus Zurich. It was brought to South Africa and treated in Benoni (Johannesburg) by a professional Voodoo Master with black magic.
The ritual incantations lasted from 3 to 13 december 2015. The magic will start to effect the buyer immediately after the purchase of the branch and will last for at least two years or until the branch is burnt. The content of the magic is kept strictly secret by the artist.
Note: The artist does not accept responsibility for damage, injuries or casualties caused by the black magic.
The work was sent by post to Zurich for the group show "Vitrine 05" at Die Diele. But, mysteriously, the work never arrived in Zurich.
MICHAEL HEIZER, 24/08/2015, Instant Exhibition
56.795 N / 12.631 E (SWE)
MARINUS BOEZEM, 23/08/2015, Instant Exhibition
57.990 N / 11,540 E (SWE)
SOL LEWITT, Permanent Exhibition
59.392775 N / 18.12204 E (SWE)
MARCEL DUCHAMP, 30/08/2015, Instant Exhibition
59.90099 N / 23.40806 E (FIN)
JOHN CAGE, Permanent Exhibition
59.94760 N / 23.89034 E (FIN)
PIERO MANZONI, Permanent Exhibition
59.48610 N / 28.92735 E (RUS)
GUSTAV METZGER, Permanent Exhibition
58.85150 N / 24.43323 E (EST)
SANTIAGO SIERRA, Permanent Exhibition
56.28408 N / 24.35913 E (LIT)
MAURIZIO CATTELAN, Permanent Exhibition
45.50054 N / 13.51226 E (CRO)
YVES KLEIN, Permanent Exhibition
45.53348 N / 13.60109 E (SVN)
GREGOR SCHNEIDER, Permantent Exhibition
Access prohibited, 47.729394 N / 18.251039 E (HUN)
YOKO ONO, Permanent Exhibition,
45.75611 N / 12.62037 E (ITA)
Series of sitespecific exhibitions of nothing by selected artists. Work in progress since 2015.
The search for and the selection of the exhibition venues is performed in regard to key strategies and characteristic works regarding nothing by the respecti- ve artists. The implementation of the exhibition is connected with the compli- ance of specific tasks and instructions which are determined in an event score.
Instant Exhibition, Lecture Performance without audience
Sweden, 56.795 N / 12.631 E
„There is nothing there, yet it‘s still a sculpture“ (Michael Heizer)
‚Double Negative‘ is a piece of land art by Michael Heizer located in the Moapa Valley on Mormon Mesa (or Virgin River Mesa) near Overton, Nevada. The work was started in 1969 and completed in 1970. It consists of a long trench in the earth, 9m wide, 15m deep, and 457 m long, created by the displace- ment of 244,000 tons of rock, mostly rhyolite and sandstone. It was only an act of construction, in so far as something was removed. Heizer‘s work constitutes a challenge to sulpture‘s long history. Alt- hough the „sculpture volume“ of Double Negative was created by a massive movement of earth, per- formed with the help of heave machinery, it isn‘t physical at all. Instead it is made literally of nothing, of negative space: the volume that traditionally defines a sculpture is described in these works by a void, by absence rather then presence.
Permanent Exhibition: Boat in srcub, acrylic glass plate 30 x 10 cm
Croatia, 45.50054 N / 13.51226 E
Maurizio Cattelan invited 10 international artists from 10 November to 17th November 1999 to attend the „6th Caribbean Biennial“ on the West Indian island of St. Kitts. There, the arists spent a holiday week together. They did not create or show any art work, and they did not even discuss about art. They just made holiday - as announced by Cattelan and documented on various vacation photos.
Permantent Exhibition: Abandoned and decayed tower, acrylic glass plate 30 x 10 cm,
Russia, 59.48610 N / 28.92735 E, 2015
1962 created Piero Manzoni an iron base which he labelled ‚Foundation of the world‘: The inscription is written upside down, so that it seem as if the base would wear the globe. Through this gesture the whole world is declared as a work of art. The boundary between art and life is offset, art becomes a all-embracing appearance.
Monochroms yet to be found by David Batchelor. Ongoing series of readymade-exhibitions at various unlocated places.
‚Found Monochrome‘ is a series started in 1997: David Batchelor photographes white squares and rectangular areas, which he accidentally discovered in London or other places and which re- mind him of monochrome paintings.
Permantent Exhibition: Underground shaft, acrylic glass plate 30 x10 cm Border Station Latvia–Lithuania, 56.28408 N / 24.35913 E, 2015
In 2003. Santiago Sierra represented Spain at the Venice Biennale with his solo show in the Spanish Pavilion. He covered the word Spain, which appeared as a relief on the pavilion, with black plastic and black tape. The entrance was walled up to create a small passage, which was guarded. Only Spanish nationals were allowed to enter the empty pavilion. All other visitors had to stay outside – they were made to feel like the refugees who are detained at Europe‘s borders.
Permantent Exhibition: Sea, acrylic glass plate 30x10 cm, mounting on rock,
Slovenia, 45.53348 N / 13.60109 E, 2015
Yves Klein is not only famous for his monochrome paintings in ultramarine blue or his performances where he used naked women as „human paintbrushes“. But he is also considered as a great prophet of the void and the godfather of immateriality in art. With his ‚Architecture de l‘air‘ (Air architecture, 1957-1962), Klein developed in collaboration with the architect Werner Ruhnau the utopian project of an immaterial architecture with building materials from elemental forces such as air, fire and water. An air roof should span the city of the future and should provide protection from sun and rain. Transparent walls, roofs and even furniture should be made by compressed air, while facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms and storage rooms should be located in basements. With this vision, Yves Klein wanted to free the world from material things. In many essays and experiments Yves Klein conducted ambitious studies on how air and other natural forces can be used as revolutionary new building materials.
Permanent Exhibition: Forrest, acrylic glass plate 30 x 10 cm, Mounting on rock,
Sweden, 59.392775 N / 18.12204 E, 2015
Look for a forest, big enough to get lost.
Walk off-road for at least two hours.
Often change directions.
You‘ve reached the destination when you‘re completely lost. Dig a hole and bury an object of importance but little value.
Permanent Exhibition (Access prohibited),
Abandoned and decayed fabric halls,
Hungary, 47.729394 N / 18.251039 E, 2015
Gregor Schneider bought the birthplace of goebbels in Rheydt, now a district of Mönchengladbach, in 2013 and had considered completely demolishing the property. However, for structural reasons, this wasn‘t possible. Instead, the building was completely gutted and the debris was transported to Warsaw. With his art project, Schneider wanted to remember the millions of victims of the Nazi dictatorship. However, at the same time, the project also aimed to prevent the house to become a „shrine“ for neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists.
Permanent Exhibition, Abandoned and decayed farm house, acrylic glass plate, 10x30 cm, Italy, 45.75611 N / 12.62037 E
Painting for the Skies
Drill a hole in the sky
Cut out a paper the same size as the hole
Burn the paper
The sky should be pure blue
Yoko Ono (1962)
Exhibition of nothing in the CentrePasquArt and in particular streets in Biel/Bienne as part of the final exhibition of the Masterclass in Contemporary Arts Practice, »Show me Show me Show me« from 20 June to 23 June, 2013 .
On the exhibition sites, there were no signs indicating the work, neither texts nor any other form of explanation, and the artist was not showing up for the exhibition.
Photos: Livio Baumgartner
Ongoing Project since 2013. Fund raiser event, The Institute, 1.11.2013
In order to reduce tensions between different nations, populations and religions, Andreas Heusser is creating a global, intercultural and interfaith dynasty as a role model for peace and tolerance: The aim is to raise at least one family on every continent and unite the numerous wives and children to one big global family.