For the exhibition Valentine at the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof in 2011, Kilian Rüthemann constructed an expansive concave platform made of iron, chipboard and bitumen that measured 12 x 9.8 x 1.9 meters. He then added a 6-meter-high stream of water that constantly fell on the bitumen. Simultaneously, a video was playing by the dancer Manuel Scheiwiller, who was studying with Christian Jankowski and Rainer Ganahl at that time. Unlike Rüthemann’s objects referring to actions, Scheiwiller’s performances rather work with poses that have an object-like character. Valentine was thus about the interesting encounter and dialogue between these two artists as well as the tension arising from the different ways their art relates to processes and objects.
Rüthemann’s annual edition (Jahresgabe) for the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof is called Target as Frontside (Edition). Like many of his works, this object refers to a previous action. It consists of instructions for installing a neon tube on the wall, then smashing it with a hammer, the sharp edges of the object reminding us of the sound of broken glass.
Kilian Rüthemann (born 1979 in Bütschwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland) lives and works in Basel. His one-person and two-person exhibitions include Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz (2015); with Fabian Herkenhöner, Part I, Cologne (2014); Stereo, Poznan (2014); RaebervonStenglin, Zurich (2014); Peephole, Milan (2013); Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2012/13); Clearing, New York (2012); RaebervonStenglin, Zurich (2011); with Manuel Scheiwiller, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg (2011); Meyer Riegger, Berlin (2011); and Künstlerhaus Bremen (2010). He also participated in group exhibitions at the Bex & Arts Triennale, Bex, Switzerland (2014); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2014); Gstaad, Switzerland 2014; Kunsthalle Bielefeld (2013); Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (2013); Art Stations Foundation, Poznan (2013); Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris, France (2013); Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland (2012); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2012); Künstlerhaus Bremen (2012); and migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2010).