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ST. MORITZ, AN OPEN-AIR ART GALLERY

For the seventh year in a row, St. Moritz and the Swiss region of Engadina are ready to host St. Moritz Art Masters.Between August 22 and 31, 2014, contemporary art’s top exponents will showcase their work in thirty different locations.

St. Moritz Art Masters, created by Monty Shadow and developed by curator Reiner Opoku, is where contemporary art’s most innovative trends flow into a single stage. In this edition, the focus will be on India – a history-rich country, now more than ever keen to open its doors to a promising future – which will make this event the perfect occasion to learn more about the country’s current art trends, from classic modernism to site-specific projects, through the showcase of internationally established young talents.

India’s vibrant art scene reflects a nation full of contrasts, which is currently undergoing a rapid change. The exhibition ‘India: Maximum City’ held in Zuoz at the Chesa Planta, seems to be a clear testimony to this. With Birgid Uccia in the role of curator, the show gathers the artwork of nine emerging talents: Gigi Scaria, Hema Upadhyay, Manish Nai, Mithu Sen, Pablo Bartholomew, Pratus Dash, Ranbir Kaleka, Reena Saini Kallatand Sooni Tarraporevala – whose creations mirror the chaotic dynamics and uncontrolled growth of Indian cities.

The site-specific projects realised byShilpa Gupta at the Hotel Castell in Zuoz, by Subodh Gupta at St.Moritz’s protestant church and by Nalini Malani at the Engadin Museum in St.Moritz,  are interesting concepts that focus on the more trans-cultural aspects of society, exploring the effects tradition is having on modern life, but also challenging the country’s most deeply rooted stereotypes.

With the goal of merging local and international culture, St. Moritz Art Masters will introduce at St.Moritz gym an interesting installation by Italian-American artist Francesco Clemente: a huge tent created in India which was conceived as ‘cave art’ or a ‘mobile shrine’ able to instantly propel the audience into a dimension of silence and contemplation.

The exhibitions from the Bilderberg Collection at the Chesa Planta in Samedan will surely be as interesting, as it will be the show of British artist Billy Childishwho, at St. Moritz’s French church, will introduce a piece of artwork especially created for this occasion: a series of extra-large paintings that take inspiration from the work of Giovanni Segantini, who had a long-lasting, deep relationship with the Engadina region.

Allow yourself to experience the mountains even more intensely.

Photo: stmoritzartmasters.com 




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