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Johannes Gachnang – New Historical Architectures

Press Release


March 21 – May 18, 2024
Opening: Thursday March 21, 6-9pm

Haus Max Ernst Haefeli
Goldbacherstrasse 72, 8700 Küsnacht

The drawings and etchings by Johannes Gachnang (1939-2005) depict fantastic architectures. Gachnang, who was best known as a publisher and the former director of Kunsthalle Bern, produced them in the late 1960s and early 1970s without the knowledge of the larger public.

For this in-situ exhibition, Gachnang's spatial imaginings are set in relation to the historic building of suns.works’ new location nestled on Küsnacht’s hillside, a modernist villa designed by Max Ernst Haefeli in the 1930s.

In collaboration with ETH Zurich's Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), a special display of historical plans and drawings will accompany the exhibition. A simultaneous presentation will take place at the Periscope gta Archive on the Hönggerberg campus of ETH Zurich. The archive materials in the exhibition come from the estates of the architectural firm Haefeli Moser Steiger and the architect Manuel Pauli at the gta Archive of ETH Zurich.

With special thanks to: Enrica Groeller-Caratti, hotz stöckli Architekten, Gabriel Müller, Fredi Fischli & Niels Olsen

Vitrine Display in Collaboration with gta, ETH Zurich

Vitrine Display in Collaboration with gta, ETH Zurich

Vitrine Display in Collaboration with gta, ETH Zurich

Vitrine Display in Collaboration with gta, ETH Zurich

Johannes Gachnang - Good morning Mr. Lichtenstein!, 1970, Etching (épreuve d’artiste/6), framed, signed, 60 x 80 cm

Johannes Gachnang - The Panopticum by Jeremy Bentham, 1966, Etching (41/50), framed, signed, 62 x 65,5 cm

Johannes Gachnang - Et le palais de jade est purgé de poussière, 1970, Etching (épreuve d’essai), framed, signed, 66 x 86 cm

Johannes Gachnang - Et le palais de jade est purgé de poussière (2nd version dedicated A.R.Penck), 1972, Etching (épreuve d’essai), framed, signed, 66 x 86 cm

Johannes Gachnang - Jeder Schweizer wohnt in einem Bankinstitut, 1966, Etching (41/50), framed, signed, 51,5 x 68 cm

Johannes Gachnang - In Memoriam: Brendan Behan. Un dernier Adieu, 1966, Etching (41/50), framed, signed, 54 x 72 cm

Johannes Gachnang - Le superbe Palais d’or de Néron – Hommage pour Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach, 1966, Etching (41/50), framed, signed, 66 x 86 cm

Johannes Gachnang - Der Skt. Adolf-Ball-Saal. Für Adolf Wölfli, 1967, Etching (2nd edition, R30, 61/75), framed, signed, 81,5 x 63 cm

Johannes Gachnang - Architektur I, 1972, Etching (épreuve d’essai/2), framed, signed, 55 x 75 cm

Johannes Gachnang - Panaréthéon – Temple de la vertu, 1971, Etching (2/80), framed, signed, 90 x 70 cm

Johannes Gachnang - Skizzenblatt für Kasimir Malewitsch I, 1971, Etching (46/100), signed, 66 x 86 cm

Johannes Gachnang - Lâle Devri, 1969, Etching (R47, 24/60), framed, signed, 70 x 53,5 cm

Johannes Gachnang - Les villes que nous ne voulons plus aimer sont mortes, 1971, Etching (R69, 55/60), framed, signed, 66 x 86 cm

Johannes Gachnang - L’univers de la persécution, 1969, Etching (37/200), framed, signed, 61,5 x 77 cm

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Photography: Claude Barrault