Tom Sachs is following up his Swiss Passport Office installation with “The Pack,” a new exhibition that further explores the American artist’s long-held fascination with Switzerland.
The solo show attempts to unravel the meaning of Swiss authenticity in modern times while delving into wider topics about identity and belonging. Using his signature bricolage technique, there are all kinds of curious sculptures on display, namely an erotic robot coffee machine called Heidi and three motorcycles which have been outfitted with postmodern survival kits.
Peep a short blurb from the show’s press release below.
“As an idealized brand, Switzerland has long held fascination for Sachs, who has been drawn to its reputation as a global model of wealth and economic prowess; political neutrality in global affairs; standards of health and living; leadership in technology, architecture, and engineering; first-class transportation and infrastructure; and protected landscapes of sublime natural beauty. But the image of the Alpine nation’s perfection is transformed in Sachs’s work. A society widely assumed to be so progressive and democratic represents the ultimate status symbol of global citizenship and international identity. In a world boiling with political tensions over immigration policies, political storms over refugees, and raging debates over definitions of nationality, the seemingly stalwart rituals, icons, and cultural references of [the] Alpine state invite reflection upon the follies of utopia. Switzerland provides Sachs rich territory for exploring questions of artificiality, authenticity, and what it means when ‘being Swiss’ becomes a luxury commodity in itself.”
If you’re from the haute ski town of St. Moritz or happen to be around, catch the show at:
Vito Schnabel Gallery
Via Maistra 37, 7500 St. Moritz
For more information, head here.
In other art news, here are our 10 favorite artworks from Art Basel Miami Beach 2018.