Galerie Peter Kilchmann
Zahnradstrasse 21, CH-8005 Zurich
tel. +41 44 278 10 10
August 27 - October 9, 2004
The paintings and etchings of the old masters of the early Renaissance, especially those coming from
the northern side of the Alps, do still have until today the effect of a certain darkness and
hopelessness connected with fear and a feeling of doom. Artists like Hieronymus Bosch, Martin
Schongauer and others loved to portray pious clergymen and saints who were tortured and seduced
by diabolic creatures.
The works which will be shown are the result of Claudia & Julia Müller, of their attempt to come to
terms with these motives of visions of fantasy and educational illustrations of the good and the bad.
The artists made twelve elaborated drawings, different in size, with pencil and acrylic on paper, by
copying such elements and taking them out of context. In doing so, they remove the morality of the
figures and put it into new combinations (see invitation card). The walls of the room on which the
drawings will be displayed are covered with geometrical, grand format wall drawings in black and
white, a reference to the polarisation of good versus evil but at the same time putting a question
mark by using a dominant colour. Several sculptures (wood carvings) will be placed on the gallery floor
with the same objective. But they do not permit an allocation of who is friend or foe.
Maja Wismer (August 2004)
Claudia & Julia Müller (*1964/1965) live and work in Basel. They participate in numerous exhibitions
worldwide. Until August 31 their exhibition “Human Territories” runs in the Würtembergischen
Kunstverein, Stuttgart. In December will open a comprehensive exhibition at the Kunstverein Graz.
This show was initiated by the Kunstmuseum Thun, where it also started this past spring. From this
show a catalogue is available.
Earlier works by Claudia & Julia Müller will be displayed in the kilchmann plus space. Additionally, the
kilchmann plus space will show other artists of the gallery. The Andro Wekua video “Sicut Lilium
Inter Spinas (Like a lily in the back)” will be projected in the video room.