25 October 2018 to 13 January 2019
Opening: 24 October, 6 pm
Under the title Museum of Desires, which is already well-known in the artworld, Museum Haus Konstruktiv presents its wish list of works for its in-house collection.
The first to organize an exhibition with a similar title was Kasper König: In 2001, as newly appointed director of Museum Ludwig in Cologne, he revealed the gaps in that institution’s collection by bringing around 120 selected works into the museum on loan and identifying them as desiderata. With the help of artists, patrons and donors, he managed to add many of these works to the collection. Moderna Museet in Stockholm and the mumok in Vienna have continued this exhibition concept.
For what is now over 30 years, Museum Haus Konstruktiv has devoted itself to the legacy of the Zurich Concretists: Max Bill, Richard Paul Lohse, Camille Graeser and Verena Loewensberg. Their work and ideas constitute the DNA of our engagement with contemporary art, yet as a private museum, we lack the necessary financial means to purchase key works by the Zurich Concretists. With this exhibition, we hope to create a new awareness of museum mediation work. As an internationally renowned museum of constructivist-concrete and conceptual art, and as a recognized institution for critical incorporation and propagation of the genuine Zurich legacy, we desire prestigious works by the Zurich Concretists and are explicitly making our desires public for the first time.