Tuch and Bogen by Roman Signer

Ebeltoft, 2009

Kvadrat commissioned celebrated Swiss artist Roman Signer to create site-specific art for our headquarters in Ebeltoft using our own textiles as a starting point. Signer produced two extraordinary time sculptures, momentary installations, called Tuch and Bogen. 

Bogen involved launching 100m of our Air 4 fabric into the air via a large purpose-built rocket. A textile bow momentarily filled the sky before floating back to earth. 

For Tuch, a 4x6m length of Air 4 was also shot into the air. Signer described the effect as creating a; “Free hanging theatre curtain that covers the landscape for a moment.”

Roman Signer (Appenzell, 1938, lives and works in St. Gallen) has participated in prestigious international art exhibitions such as Documenta in Kassel (1987), Skulptur Projekte Münster (1997) and the Shanghai Biennale (2012). In 1999, he represented Switzerland at the 48th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. He has widely shown internationally in prominent institutions including: the Camden Arts Centre and the Barbican Arts Centre in London (2001 and 2015); Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (2007) and the Swiss Institute in New York (2010). In recent years, a travelling exhibition showing Roman Signer’s Super8 films was presented at different locations in China including the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing (2014) and the GAFA Art Museum in Guangzhou. The same exhibition was also displayed in Italy at MAN in Nuoro (2016).

Throughout his career, Signer has made more than fifty permanent sculptures, mostly in Switzerland but also in other locations including: Trivero (IT), Bochum (DE), Klein Göpfritz (AT), Hallstatt (AT), Nantes (FR), Lismore Castle (IR). A new commission in Cleveland (US) is also currently being realized.

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