Tadashi Kawamata Work in Progress in Zug

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Edited by: Matthias Haldemann/Kunsthaus Zug Texts by: Oskar Bätschmann, Carl Fingerhuth, Matthias Haldemann, Adolf Muschg Editor-in-Chief: Guido Baselgia German, English Januar 2000, 176 Pages, 142 Ills. Hardcover 293mm x 233mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-9001-7

As part of a new approach to collecting, Kunsthaus Zug made an agreement with Tadashi Kawamata for a collaboration over several years. Instead of increasing the gallery's material stock, it involved realising an unusual project in public space. As a result, since 1996 the Japanese artist has created various wooden installations as stages of his Work in Progress in Zug. Together they mark out a path linking the Kunsthaus, the old town and the lakeside area. It begins with a wooden pathway at Burgbachplatz, which leads out from the museum, the aesthetic refuge of art, into the city and ends in a park-like idyll with a footpath at "Brüggli". You can look back down on the city from a wooden platform. In between are an arena at Landsgemeindeplatz laid out like an amphitheatre and ten little bathing huts on the lakeshore beach, with a board wall like a hedge that screens off the bathing area. With a photo-essay by Guido Baselgia, this book documents Kawamata's four years of work: a trip through Zug that invites us "to a walk along the borders between nature and culture" (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). The artist: Tadashi Kawamata, born 1953 in Hokkaido, Japan. Numerous exhibitions, including 1982 Venice Biennale; participant in documenta VIII and IX in Kassel.