The exhibition “Transformationen (Transformations)” centres on a selection of about 300 exhibits from the collection of the cooperative-based Mobiliar, which at this point comprises over 2000 artworks. Objects, sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, videos, and photographs by over 100 artists are on display.
With works by
Alfredo Aceto, Peter Aerschmann, Saâdane Afif, Mathis Altmann, Cuno Amiet, Cristian Andersen, John Baldessari, Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck, Heike Kati Barath, Anselm Baumann, Ruedi Bechtler, Chonon Bensho, Esther van der Bie, Anna and Bernhard Johannes Blume, Tina Braegger, Olaf Breuning, Gustave Buchet, Daniele Buetti, Balthasar Burkhard, Jacobo Castellano, Julian Charrière, Andriu Deplazes, Veronika Dierauer, Jürgen Drescher, Roger Eberhard, Jake Elwes, Thomas Feuerstein, Fischli / Weiss (Peter Fischli and David Weiss), Sylvie Fleury, Marguerite Frey-Surbek, Sébastien de Ganay, Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Franz Gertsch, Silvia Gertsch, Alfred Glaus, Max Gubler, Séverin Guelpa, Romuald Hazoumè, Raphael Hefti, Jochem Hendricks, Nic Hess, Ferdinand Hodler, Hanspeter Hofmann, Lauren Huret, Monica Ursina Jäger, Permi Jhooti, Thomas Julier, Renata Kaminska, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Takehito Koganezawa, Kimsooja, Brigitte Kowanz, Isabelle Krieg, Susanne Kriemann, Stéphane Kropf, Friedrich Kunath, L/B (Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann), Zilla Leutenegger, Alois Lichtsteiner, Laura Lima, Gerhard Johann Lischka, Andrea Loux, Urs Lüthi, Ursi Luginbühl, Remy Markowitsch, Stephan Melzl, Olaf Metzel, Tatsuo Miyajima, Matt Mullican, Alexandra Navratil, Ernesto Neto, Nusser Glazova (Julia Nusser and Tereza Glazova), Meret Oppenheim, Markus Raetz, Augustin Rebetez, David Renggli, Michael Riedel, Maya Rochat, Hanna Roeckle, Giacomo Santiago Rogado, Ana Roldán, Albrecht Schäfer, Pierre Schwerzmann, Kerim Seiler, George Steinmann, Beat Streuli, Thomas Struth, Victor Surbek, Una Szeemann, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ernst Thoma, Oscar Tuazon, Félix Vallotton, Ester Vonplon, Romane de Watteville, Georges Wenger, Thomas Werner, Hugo Wetli, Willi Wettstein, Ekrem Yalçındağ
The show is based on the premise that art can enhance our abilities to transform.
“Transformations” reflects the conviction that engaging with art is meaningful on different levels. Artworks provide us with food for thought. Artworks inspire new ideas and perspectives. Artworks encourage us to be conscious, curious, and courageous in our approach to transformative issues – both in our private and our professional life. The exhibition’s aim is to show a broad audience how this can be achieved.
On the one hand, “Transformations” relates stories of change from the perspective of artists. The show provides insights into how creative people respond to the challenges of our time. Artists are seismographs because they use their artistic and transformative methods to address current and contentious issues long before they become the subject of broad public debates. Responsibility, communality, climate change, solidarity, insecurity, happiness, power, time management, and personal space are among the themes featured in the exhibition.
On the other hand, “Transformations” extends to aspects of individual, personal change. The central question is: “Which of the proposed ideas could be applied to our own personal development?” “Transformations” is thus also an inspiring space for reflection, a kind of innovative toolbox visitors can access to examine themselves as well as their private and professional environment.
For decades, supporting artists by purchasing artworks has been an important part of la Mobilière’s wide-ranging cooperative engagement. This commitment also includes awarding young artists with the Prix Mobilière. In connection with “Transformations”, la Mobilière will be showing two solo exhibitions by Isabelle Krieg and Georges Wenger at their headquarters in Bern and Nyon from late April 2023 onwards.
“Transformations” was curated by Dorothea Strauss in collaboration with Anna Wesle and will be accompanied by a catalogue in German and French published by Verlag für moderne Kunst.