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His work involves a number of different media, including performance.

PerformanceProcess Basel 2017-2018
PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre Culturel Suisse 18.09-13.12.15
tue 20 Oct 2015
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Cactuscrackling in the Grotto (création)Serre tropicale du Jardin des Plantes+33 1 40 79 56 01/54

Christoph Rütimann uses cacti in special ways, sometimes as musical instruments, sometimes as record player needles, or sometimes as exhibited objects. For this performance, he fits a series of garden tools and cacti with sound sensors for an unusual concert.
Part of Fiac Hors les Murs. In collaboration with Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich.

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Cactuscrackling in the Grotto (création)Serre tropicale du Jardin des Plantes+33 1 40 79 56 01/54

Exhibitions

His work involves a number of different media, including performance.

60 years of performance art in Switzerland museum Tinguely, 20.09.2017 - 28.01.2018

Il Contrabandiere (1996)

Twelve photographs and a map document the performance Il contrabandiere, which consists of a walk between Italy and Switzerland. Christoph Rütimann walks the route that was formerly used by smugglers and carries a white flag as he goes.

Hängen am Museum I (1994, video, 11'20'')

Colour video, sound, 11'20''

In 1994 Rütimann, secured by a rope, is pulled up the façade of the Kunstmuseum Luzern, which is due for imminent demolition. For one hour he walks down the building in his harness - pointing ironically to the mutual dependence between artists and institution. He repeats the performance in 2002 at the new Kunstmuseum, which was designed by Jean Nouvel.

Hängen am Museum II (2002, video, 13'57'')

Colour video, sound, 13'57''

In 1994 Rütimann, secured by a rope, is pulled up the façade of the Kunstmuseum Luzern, which is due for imminent demolition. For one hour he walks down the building in his harness - pointing ironically to the mutual dependence between artists and institution. He repeats the performance in 2002 at the new Kunstmuseum, which was designed by Jean Nouvel.

Hängen an Museum (1994 and 2002)

Harness used during the performance

In 1994 Rütimann, secured by a rope, is pulled up the façade of the Kunstmuseum Luzern, which is due for imminent demolition. For one hour he walks down the building in his harness - pointing ironically to the mutual dependence between artists and institution. He repeats the performance in 2002 at the new Kunstmuseum, which was designed by Jean Nouvel.

Cactuscrackling in the Barca (2015-2017, video)

Cactus, video (Barca, room 1)

Rütimann utilizes cacti in an unconventional manner by transforming them into musical instruments with the aid of recording devices.

Performance on 15 October 2017, at 4pm.

 

PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre culturel suisse 18.09-13.12.2015

Il contrabandiere (1996)

12 photos + a map, 32.5 × 22.5 cm each, courtesy the artist and Edizioni Periferia, Lucerne

Hängen am Museum I (1994, 11'20'')

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Hängen am Museum II (2002, 13'57'')

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biography

Born in 1955, lives in Mülheim.
Christoph Rütimann's work ranges from performance art to sound installations, and includes photography, video, drawing, painting and sculpture. Despite the diversity of artistic means he uses, there are some constants: the study of line and colour, chance and gravity, and a general interest in science. The line is omnipresent in his projects, as an essential formal element in his drawings and also in his videos where he interferes with our perception of topography by placing his camera on a rail. The artist regularly comes back to painting as a privileged setting for the use of colour.

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Christoph Rütimann, Hängen am Museum 1 (1994)

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Christoph Rütimann, Hängen am Museum II (2002)

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Christoph Rütimann, Il contrabandiere (1996) © Marc Domage / CCS

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Christoph Rütimann, Zero and more (2014)

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Christoph Rütimann, Zero and more (2014)

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Christoph Rütimann, Zero and more (2014) © Marc Domage / CCS

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Christoph Rütimann, Cactuscrackling in the grotto (2015) © Simon Letellier / CCS

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Christoph Rütimann, Cactuscrackling in the grotto (2015) © Simon Letellier / CCS

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Christoph Rütimann, Cactuscrackling in the grotto (2015) © Simon Letellier / CCS

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Christoph Rütimann, Cactuscrackling in the grotto (2015) © Simon Letellier / CCS

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Christoph Rütimann, Cactuscrackling (2015) © Simon Letellier / CCS

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Christoph Rütimann, Cactuscrackling (2015) © Simon Letellier / CCS

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Christoph Rütimann, Cactuscrackling (2015) © Simon Letellier / CCS

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Christoph Rütimann, Cactuscrackling (2015) © Simon Letellier / CCS

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Christophe Rütimann, View of the exhibition (2015) © Marine Peixoto

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Chrstioph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Chrstioph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Chrstioph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Chrstioph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Chrstioph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Chrstioph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Chrstioph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Chrstioph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Christoph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Christoph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Christoph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Christoph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Christoph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Christoph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Eric Hattan - 7 dias en Buenos Aires © Simon Letellier

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Christoph Rütimann - Il contrabandiere © Simon Letellier 

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Christoph Rütimann, Hängen am Museum I (1994) and II (2002), presentation at Museum Tinguely (2017-2018)

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Christoph Rütimann - Hängen am Museum

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Christoph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Christoph Rütimann - Cactuscrackling in the Barca © Simon Letellier

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Cactus concerto

Christoph Rütimann faces the void, uses measuring instruments, and crosses frontiers. ...

Christoph Rütimann faces the void, uses measuring instruments, and crosses frontiers.

Since the early 1980s, Christoph Rütimann’s multi-facetted approach has embraced sculpture, performance, photography and painting. His works create a dialogue with the spatial context of their settings and challenge physical constraints in a quasi-scientific way. He has made monumental installations consisting of piles of hundreds of bathroom scales, highlighting our relationship with gravity and weight. His monochrome paintings on glass saturate architectural space with colour while at the same time reflecting it, thus connecting the artwork to its environment. His musical or more physical performances are underscored by the link between the artist and his surroundings.

In Hanging on the Museum I (1994) and II (2002), the artist had himself winched on a cable to the top of the façade of the soon-to-be-demolished Lucerne Museum. Suspended high above the ground, he went all around the building before coming down again, ironically highlighting the interdependence between artist and institution.

Some years later, also in Lucerne, he performed a similar feat at the new conference centre. This time he was suspended under the huge cantilevered roof designed by Jean Nouvel.

In Cactuscrackling, he amplifies the sound of cacti, “playing” them by plucking their spines like harp strings. This poetic, Dadaist performance will take place both at the CCS and at the Jardin des Plantes during the Fiac.

 

Denis Pernet

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