“Live in Your Head. When Attitudes Become Form” and “Op Losse Schroeven. Situaties en Cryptostructuren”. These were the titles of two historic exhibits shown at Kunsthalle Bern and at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 1969. They significantly contributed to the breakthrough of a broadened perception of sculpture that transformed the traditional understanding of an artwork as an artifact to a process-based approach and expanded the variety of materials by previously untested resources. Gallery owner Rolf Ricke of Cologne was the key figure acting behind the scenes as he had invited artists to work on site as far back as the mid-1960s. Thanks to him, the St.Gallen Art Museum owns one of the most important collections of so-called postminimalist art, which is now the focus of an in-house exhibit for the first time.
However, the exhibit Post / Postminimal not only looks at the past, it also broadens the perspective and it does this by inviting a number of contemporary artists who have revisited the sculptural possibilities of the 1960s and 1970s in their own work and redefined them for current times. Post / Postminimal opens up a multi-generational dialog about the rediscovery of sculpture in contemporary art.
Curator: Konrad Bitterli