Daros Museum Zürich
Luis Camnitzer has been until very recently an insider’s tip in the field of conceptual art. He may be considered one of the art world’s key figures in the second half of the 20th century. This solo exhibition, with some 70 pieces created by the Uruguayan artist between 1966 and the present day, offers visitors a close look at his work.
Luis Camnitzer was born in Germany in 1937, grew up in Montevideo, and has lived and worked in New York since 1964. He has made his mark internationally not only as an artist but as a critic, educator and art theorist as well. Formally allied with the American Conceptualists of the 1960s and 1970s, over the past 50 years Camnitzer has developed an essentially autonomous œuvre, unmistakably distinguished from that of his colleagues in the US by its acutely observed detail, its acerbic wit, its ludic-lyrical qualities and its ironically metaphorical polyvalence, as well as by its solid socio-political commitment.
The Daros Latinamerica Collection enjoys the world’s largest institutional collection of Camnitzer's work, and it is from that store that this comprehensive exhibition has been assembled.
Viewers were treated to a pyrotechnical display of intellect: an unusually coherent and principled corpus that is at the same time possessed of a rakish charm and poetic maturity.
The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue, published in Spanish and English by Hatje Cantz Verlag. In addition to a conversation between Luis Camnitzer and Hans-Michael Herzog, the publication also includes essays by Sabeth Buchmann, Antonio Eligio Fernández (Tonel), Michael Glasmeier, Maren Welsch and Luis Camnitzer.
The Last Book
The Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Zurich’s central library, has shown a project of Luis Camnitzer’s: The Last Book, a collection of written and visual testimonies in A4 format. Over 680 artists from more than 50 countries responded thus to the artist’s worldwide call to help create a legacy for posterity.