Preview

Arthur Simms

10. February – 7. July 2024

The art of Arthur Simms (born 1961, Saint Andrew, Jamaica) encompasses a captivating blend of influences—his American and Jamaican heritage, music, folk culture, and impressions taken from around the world—which he incorporates into his unique sculptures. His work is a profound exploration of origin, and transformation, and embraces his bicultural identity. Through meticulous craftsmanship—his works are often elaborately wrapped in string—Simms breathes life into objects that would otherwise be dismissed as trash. Simms’s technique draws from art history, particularly from Surrealism and Marcel Duchamp’s “Readymade.”

Neuerwerbungen und
Schenkungen

2. March – 5. May 2024

In recent years, as well as acquiring high-quality works, the Kunstmuseum St.Gallen has received significant donations and longterm loans. The artworks that have entered the collection range from Old Master paintings to contemporary sculpture, video, and conceptual art. In a representative selection, the Kunstmuseum St.Gallen is showing work by international artists, such as Marcia Hafif and Tschabalala Self, as well as artists from Eastern Switzerland, including Barbara Signer and Sebastian Stadler.

Experimental Ecology

6. April – 24. November 2024

What can art contribute to the increasingly urgent environmental debate? The Experimental Ecology project provides a contemporary platform for the transdisciplinary collaboration between five artists and five scientists in the field of ecology. In the spirit of the legendary Experiments in Art and Technology collective (E.A.T.), formed in 1967, which brought artists and engineers together, Experimental Ecology initiates an exchange between art and science as part of the ongoing discourse surrounding the relationship between humans and the natural environment. Experimental Ecology is a project initiated by the KBH.G Foundation, Basel.

Burning Down the House:
Rethinking Family

1. June – 8. September 2024

Family as a concept can hold deep contradictions: on one hand, it can be seen as a fundamental support structure, providing love and care, and on the other, it can be a source of conflicts and violence. This international group show takes a close, critical view of family constructs across geographies, histories, and scale, providing a rare overview of contemporary art practices connected to this topic. We live in a moment of reckoning when institutions are being profoundly questioned. It’s time that we question the family.

Little Artists

15. – 19. July 2024

Kunstmuseum St.Gallen’s educational program offers a wide range of activities for school children, young people, and adults. The program focuses on individual observation, exploration, and experimentation: Little Artists is an example of this. For one week, the LOK by Kunstmuseum St.Gallen transforms into an experimental laboratory for children. There will be an abundant supply of recycling materials and plenty of space, and the children will receive guidance from artists and create XXL-sized installations.

RM

24. August – 10. November 2024

Founded in 2015 in Geneva, RM (formerly known as Real Madrid) is an artist collective whose work is situated at the intersection of sexuality, consumption, and identity. Through large-scale sculptures and installations, RM investigates social and political reactions to stigmatized, sexually transmitted diseases and infections. For the LOK by Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, RM creates a site-specific installation in which syringes are staged as towering symbols. Since the COVID-19 vaccination program, this medical tool is present on a global level, often discussed controversially.

Thi My Lien Nguyen

from 7. September 2024

Thi My Lien Nguyen (born 1995, St.Gallen) is a Swiss-Vietnamese artist. Through her exploration of rituals, customs, traditions, and folklore, Nguyen’s artistic practice focuses on the understanding of home and the sense of belonging. She is interested in postmigrant realities. Through inclusive, participatory methods, Nguyen creates integrative spaces. The artist will implement a Pop-up Café as a place for exchange, which at once provides an insight into the diverse culinary culture of Vietnam. Visitors can expect a communal experience that bridges continents, cultures, and eating habits.

Anne Marie Jehle

28. September 2024 – 2. February 2025

The forward-thinking work of Austrian-Liechtenstein artist Anne Marie Jehle (Feldkirch 1937–2000 Vaduz) encompasses various media, including sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, photography, and text-based works. At its core is her critical engagement with societal structures and power dynamics, particularly relating to female identity. In the 1970s, Jehle achieved international recognition, but she withdrew from the public eye in the mid-1980s and abruptly ended her artistic pursuits. In honor of the generous donation, in 2022, from the Anne Marie Jehle Foundation, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen presents the work of this overlooked artist whose oeuvre can be placed within the context of the feminist avant-garde and the Fluxus movement.

Heimspiel

14. December 2024 – 2. March 2025

After three years, it’s that time again: The Heimspiel (home game) calls! It’s the cross-border, overview exhibition of contemporary regional art from Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein, as well as from the cantons of Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Innerrhoden, St. Gallen, Thurgau, and Glarus. The show provides an insight into the current art scene and promotes exchange between artists. The curators of the exhibiting institutions—Kunsthalle Appenzell, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Kunsthaus Glarus, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, and Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen—have considered hundreds of applications and selected the artists based on their exhibition concepts.