Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen presents Beni Bischof at DADS Gallery
Opening: Thursday, 8 October, 6 p.m.
DADS - Galerie die Aktualität des Schönen..., Liberec (CZE)
The exhibition takes place in the context of the 25th anniversary of the partnership between Liberec and the City of St. Gallen.
Beni Bischof’s work is characterised by intuitive gestures, cynical humour and an obvious predilection to chaos and mainly ranges through the classical art genres of painting, sculpture and drawing. In terms of content the young St. Gallen artist cannot be summed up under one heading despite a very visible interest in pop and underground. The apparent meaninglessness and ridiculous nature of our actions and the dreariness of everyday life play a central role in Bischof’s works. The artist creates a lively and absurd cosmos through context shifts and frequently through the manipulation and modification of existing things. Besides music, literature and particularly TV programmes, gossip magazines, the knick-knacks of the consumer society and the most inexhaustible treasure trove, the internet, serve as inspiration and starting material for his penetratively funny and simultaneously slightly disturbing works.
About the artist: Beni Bischof (* 1976, St. Gallen) studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Zurich (today's Zurich University of the Arts), as well as the Schule für Gestaltung (art school) St. Gallen. Solo exhibitions of the artist took place at the following galleries and institutions: Sommer & Kohl, Berlin; o.T., Raum für Aktuelle Kunst, Lucerne; Milieu Artspace/Galerie, Bern (2010); MURO, Geneva (2009) and Kunstraum Schalter, Basel (2007). Further, he participated in various group exhibitions, amongst them at Kunstraum Düsseldorf (2010); Perla Mode & Dienstgebäude, Zurich; CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux; Bear Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco (2010); Galerie Paul Hafner, St. Gallen; Sommer & Kohl, Berlin; Fotomuseum Winterthur; Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich; Kunstgriff, Art Books Store, Zurich (2009). In 2010 Beni Bischof was awarded the Swiss Art Award by the Federal Office of Culture for the second time. www.benibischof.ch, www.lasermagazin.ch