Alex Hanimann: Same but Different

Cat. Villa Merkel Esslingen, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais Dunkerque

Texts (German/English/French) by Angelika ­Affentranger-Kirchrath, Andreas Baur, Lorenzo Benedetti, Kerren Detton, Patrick Frey, Rolf Hengesbach, Omar Kholeif, Stephan Kunz, Gerhard Mack, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Marion Strunk, Nadia Veronese
470 p with 894 mainly coloured illustrations
297 x 215 mm, cloth bound and embossed with double folded dust jacket

ISBN 978-3-86442-344-4

78,00 €

Time Capsules

With »Same but Different« Alex Hanimann presents a time journey through his artistic produc­tion. Already the reflective inside of the cover is a reference to Nico’s cool, spoken rather than sung song I AM YOUR MIRROR with the Velvet Underground, which is included on the album with the famous banana motif by Andy Warhol. ›Iconic images‹ is an important theme for the artist, in this book organized like a loop of images with highly informative texts and visual material from three exhibitions in 2019 – 2020 at Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Villa Merkel Esslingen and FRAC Grand Large Dunquerque. The raster works concerning the 1970s are just as much part of the ­exhibition as the new glossy sculptures from the last five years depicting young people at a slightly ­larger scale in their typical contemporary outfits (»Conversation Piece«). The unifying element is a video journey by bicycle (»Catch of the Day) through Victoria Park, which signifies the utopian aspect. By this life motif of movement the artist combines the images from his own youth and the sculptural portrayal of today’s youth.