- Art Education
18 February–7 May 2017
Opening: Friday, 17 February 2017
In her native Canada and beyond, the artist Liz Magor (b. 1948) is regarded as one of the most influential contemporary sculptors; the oeuvre she has built since the 1970s has guided an entire generation of younger artists. Her art investigates the culture of production and value and the associated ambivalent relationship humans have with consumer goods. The retrospective focuses on sculptures and installations the artist created in her studio in Vancouver over the past three decades. Composed of found everyday objects, her allegorical tableaus question idealized notions of nature embedded in modern culture and penetrate the psychology of desire and addiction. From an art-historical perspective, Liz Magor’s decades-long engagement with the world of material things and their resonance has led her to stake out a highly idiosyncratic position. Presented casually, without pedestals, her meticulously finished sculptures are defined by a profoundly affecting physicality. In light of the recent “material turn” in the work of younger artists, but also in the humanities and cultural studies, Magor’s art speaks forcefully to contemporary concerns. The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst presents the first extensive exhibition of Liz Magor’s oeuvre in Switzerland.
The exhibition at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst was conceived in close cooperation with Kunstverein in Hamburg and realised in partnership with Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, as well as with Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery.
Liz Magor lives and works in Vancouver. Her works have been shown in various solo exhibitions around the world, e.g. at Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2016), Centre d'art contemporain d'Ivry (le Crédac) in Paris (2016), the Art Gallery of Ontario (2015), Peep-Hole in Milan (2015), Presentation House Gallery in Vancouver (2014), the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle (2008) and The Power Plant in Toronto (2003). Liz Magor represented Canada at the Venice Biennale (1984), took part in Documenta 8 in Kassel (1987) and participated in the Biennale of Sydney (1982).
This exhibition is curated by Heike Munder (director, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst). In cooperation with Musée d'art de Montréal and Kunstverein in Hamburg, a monographic JRP|Ringier publication is being released to accompany the exhibition, with articles by Dan Adler, Lesley Johnstone, Liz Magor, Heike Munder, Bettina Steinbrügge, Ian Carr-Harris, Géraldine Gourbe, Trevor Mahovsky, Isabelle Pauwels, Chris Sharp and Corin Sworn.