Not Vital (1948 Sent, CHE) is considered a nomadic artist who, for about fifty years now, has been exploring the world with an anthropological inquisitiveness. In his studios in Brazil, Chile, China, Italy and Niger, he lives and works for several months with the local people and their cultures and traditions. At the same time, Vital is closely connected to the place of his origin, the Swiss Engadine, to which he regularly returns. The artist draws the inspiration for his works from this multitude of places and encounters with people, local traditions and handicraft techniques, but also from his own childhood and youth memories. Vital’s works are formally characterized by a fascinating clarity and precision and convey an enigmatic timelessness through their somehow indefinable, archaic-seeming iconography.
The Museum der Moderne Salzburg is dedicating Not Vital’s first institutional solo exhibition in Austria. The extensive monographic show will include 21 sculptures, three expansive installations that take up entire rooms and walls, and a hundred and forty-four drawings.
Curators: Thorsten Sadowsky and Christina Penetsdorfer
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated publication with scholarly essays in German and English.
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