In 2016 Bob Gysin set up a new gallery in southern France near the magnificent ruins of Marquis de Sade's mythical castle in the small town of Lacoste. From May until September, important works by artists represented by the Zürich gallery will be on display at Galérie Privée alongside Kathrin and Bob Gysin's permanent private art collection. Surrounded by the Luberon National Park with its resonant past, Galerie Privée offers art lovers an opportunity to see and rediscover recent and earlier works by renowned artists in the fabled light of Provence. Less than an hour's drive from the Mediterranean coast, featured artists are invited to create a site-specific piece for display in the park.
This year's invited artist is Christoph Brünggel. His work addresses the polarity of aesthetic order and disorder, and with the cycle from construction to destruction, disintegration and restoration. His site-specific piece for the park in Lacoste exquisitely illustrates his interests insofar as he employs traditional colouration techniques using ochres from regional pits.
A piece by Brünggel on display in the gallery is for V. It may initially look like an intact form, an atmospheric ensemble evocative of individual brass organ pipes that have been arranged in an aesthetically pleasing way. On closer inspection, each element bears evidence of damage, with a greater degree of deformation as the eye travels from left to right. The last tube on the right bears the most striking marks of having been struck by a rock with great force. In this piece, the smooth aesthetic and brilliance of the gold-coloured metal is pitted against these traces of damage and destruction.
The artist's photo series, for VII, provides glimpses of the inside of the tubes that is not usually accessible to the eye, and of the deformations caused by the impact of a rock.
Here, too, Christoph Brünggel again demonstrates his extraordinary ability to reveal these contrasts and polar opposites in different media in a wide range of artistic ideas and techniques.
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