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Silhouettes – Pure contour

November 27 2009 – April 4, 2010

Museum Bellerive dedicates its third exhibition2009 to a very old handcraft: the cutting of silhouettes. Today, there is renewed interest in the techniques of silhouette cutting in international contemporary art: as an extended form of the term of drawing, it is defined within a contemporary context, with external materials being added and reservations against new production methods reduced. Paper as such liberates itself and expands into the spatial and sculptural – updates that refresh and expand the horizon of the medium. For a museum such as Museum Bellerive, which explicitly dedicates its efforts to the interfaces between the arts and the crafts, there are good reasons to study and research such movements. In this context, the request to hold the 7th Swiss Silhouette Exhibition by the Swiss Association of the Friends of Silhouettes at Museum Bellerive was highly welcome. The contributions resulting from this 7th competition, each judged by a temporary jury, and selected contemporary works from Switzerland, Germany, France, and the U.S. shall be stage-set as a fascinating dialogue focusing on the central role of the contrast between black and white. The goal of this exhibition is to look at the current creative work between traditional silhouettes and artistic positions in various paper-cut techniques from points of view that are as different as possible.

April 30 – August 1, 2010

For centuries, paper has been used by many cultures for fashion items. This phenomenon, in spite of its long history as a rule only known to an expert public, is now presented to a broader public by an exhibition on Paper Fashion at Museum Bellerive in Zurich, in co-operation with the ATOPOS Cultural Organization, Athens.Based on the unique ATOPOS Collection of clothes from the 1960s, the exhibition shows the use of paper and paper-type materials in the past but also by current fashions. Today, the ATOPOS Cultural Organization owns the worldwide largest collection, counting more than 400 paper clothes from the 1960s as well as countless paper objects from the most diverse cultures and times. The present exhibition will show an important part of this collection. Paper clothes and accessories disappeared from the textile industry after the 60s for some decades. Today, paper again plays an important role in fashion. Designers are experimen­ting with this easy-to-shape and versatile material. Paper Fashion shows a fascinating facet of this age-old material by presenting rare Japanese and Chinese clothes, a variety of disposable clothes form the 1960s, and creations by more than 40 contemporary designers and fashion creators such as A F Vandenvorst, Walter van Beirendonck, Dirk van Saene, Ida Gut, Jum Nakao, and Issey Miyake.

René Burri – Vintage Prints – Le Corbusier
August 20 – November 7, 2010

René Burri, born 1933 in Zurich and both artist and photo-reporter, started to pursue the mythos of Le Corbusier while still a student. From 1955 onwards he portrayed the architect in various situations, both at work and in everyday life. Between 1959 and 1960, when he was already a member of the renowned Magnum photographic agency, Burri carried out innumerable further “portraits” and architecture “stories” which were published in major magazines worldwide. In 1999 these photographic “stories” appeared in book form for the first time. They are an impressive series of images relating to the person and work of Le Corbusier. Sequences that go far beyond the respective biographical information to depict an archetypical situation in the life of a great architect – or a creative human being in general. The exhibition combines all the important themes relating to Le Corbusier from the archive of René Burri.

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