Not Vital, Schlafendes Haus, 2009, Stahl, 10 m, Foto: MdM Salzburg, © Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris - Salzburg
Not Vital, Schlafendes Haus, 2009, Stahl, 10 m, Foto MdM Salzburg, © Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris - Salzburg,
Not Vital, Schlafendes Haus, 2009, Stahl, 10 m, Foto: Marc Haader, © Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris - Salzburg

Not Vital - Schlafendes Haus (Sleeping House), 2009

Originally conceived as a temporary installation within the framework of „Art in Public Space Vienna", the Swiss artist Not Vital created the ten-meter-high mobile steel sculpture "Schlafendes Haus (Sleeping House)", which gets up in the morning and goes to sleep in the evening like a human being, for the public space of Kunsthalle Wien. This sculpture, which was on display in Vienna between October 2009 and April 2010, is now installed on the forecourt of the MdM Mönchsberg as permanent loan from the artist and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Here visitors of the museum can watch the "Sleeping House" get up and and lie down at specific times.
The „Sleeping House“ is a cone-shaped structure made of steel mesh, ten meters high with a base diameter of 280 cm. Not Vital was born in Sent in Engadin, Switzerland, in 1948. Driven by the wish to travel and move frequently, the artist today lives alternately in Switzerland, Italy, New York and Niger, where he produces various buildings and innovative sculptures in cooperation with the Tuareg in the city of Agadez. Not Vital mainly creates sculptures and installations consisting of minimalist forms, while the artist's preoccupation with the culture of the Engadin and African customs becomes obvious only at second glance. His works are influenced by his childhood in Switzerland and his encounters with the African Tuareg culture and depict the closeness to nature of peoples living in harmony with nature. His works deal with the customs and traditions of the Alpine region and mystical customs of the Tuareg. Vital works with precious materials such as gold, silver, marble, but also with bronze, glass, clay and wood.

 


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