Silhouettes – Pure Contour

27.11.2009 - 04.04.2010
Tue–Sun 10am–5pm
Museum Bellerive

Museum Bellerive dedicates its third exhibition2009 to a very old handcraft: the cutting of silhouettes. Today, there is renewed interest in the techniques of silhouette cutting in international contemporary art: as an extended form of the term of drawing, it is defined within a contempo¬rary context, with external materials being added and reservations against new production methods reduced. Paper as such liberates itself and expands into the spatial and sculptural – updates that refresh and expand the horizon of the medium. For a museum such as Museum Bellerive, which explicitly dedicates its efforts to the interfaces between the arts and the crafts, there are good reasons to study and research such movements. In this context, the request to hold the 7th Swiss Silhouette Exhibition by the Swiss Association of the Friends of Silhouettes at Museum Bellerive was highly welcome. The contributions resulting from this 7th competition, each judged by a temporary jury, and selected contemporary works from Switzerland, Germany, France, and the U.S. shall be stage-set as a fascinating dialogue focusing on the central role of the contrast between black and white. The goal of this exhibition is to look at the current creative work between traditional silhouettes and artistic positions in various paper-cut techniques from points of view that are as different as possible.