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Joan Punyet Miró opens show of grandfather’s work at Galerie Gmurzynska with outlandish performance

Joan Punyet Miró, opened a retrospective show of his grandfather, Joan Miró’s surrealist works at Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich, Switzerland with an outlandish performance entitled Surrealism and Dadaism, the Awakening, involving nudity, gun-fire and a Harley-Davidson on Monday 4 October 2015. Following the exhibition’s inauguration, guests flocked to the after party at Razzia, a cinema converted into a restaurant, to watch Punyet Miró’s performance. The show began with Miró riding into the restaurant on a Harley Davidson, dressed head to toe in fluorescent pink, as Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf blared out in the background. He then proceeded to fire what appeared to be a genuine pistol (containing blanks) into the air and sob with emotion as he described his grandfather’s work, and then went on to strip naked, cover himself in neon paint and press himself into a giant canvas. He finally concluded with the message, “artists aren’t supposed to make money, they are supposed to make history,” reflecting Mathias Rastorfer, the CEO and co-owner of  Galerie Gmurzynska’s past comments that “We’ve put art into a marketing concept and it has all become about goods, essentially.” Punyet Miró has spent his career researching and writing about his grandfather’s work and was inspired to perform at the exhibition’s opening after being repeatedly uninspired and bored by museum exhibitions. Rastorfer has explained that they wanted “to shock a little bit so people wake up” and can experience the radicalness of Modernism for themselves. The exhibition is on show until 16 January 2016 at Galerie...

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Joan Miró at Galerie Gmurzynska

From 3 October until January 2016, Galerie Gmurzynska hosts the Joan Miró exhibition, in celebration of the gallery’s 50th anniversary. The exhibition, which coincides with Kunsthaus Zurich’s exhibition on Miró entitled “Joan Miró: Wall, Frieze, Mural” will include a presentation of Miró’s work and life. Joan Miró was an important artist for the gallery, which put on several solo exhibitions for the artist, and they partnered together with Miró’s family to put the exhibition together. The show will have several of Miró’s works from the 1920s and 1930s, including some of his rare collage drawings, as well as his modern works. Large drawings that focus on the themes of love will also be on show, as will anthropomorphic bronze sculptures from the 1960s and 1970s. Performances by the artist’s grandson including dance, music and pyrotechnics will be part of the exhibition. Joan Miró was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1893, and is known for his surrealist sculptures, paintings, and ceramics. His works, influenced by Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne, resulted in unique and whimsical pieces. Miró died in Majorca in 1983. Galerie Gmurzynska specialises in modern and contemporary art, as well as Russian avant-garde pieces. It has locations in Zurich, Zug, and Moritz,...

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Robert Indiana exhibited at Galerie Gmurzynska

Zurich, 14 June 2011, Art Media Agency, (AMA). The Galerie Gmurzynska is hosting an exhibition of early works by Robert Indiana, completed in 1959. The event is scheduled to run until 30 September 2011. The series of plywood works was made with the support of artists from Coenties Slip, such as Ellsworth Kelly and Agnès Martin. It represents the first set of pieces completed by Indiana as a full-fledged artist. In 1959 Indiana used homasote and plywood panels to create an expressive and spiritual form of magnificent gold and silver paintings. The wooden materials were initially destined to be used as beams in his famous assembled sculptures series, that was eventually completed some time afterwards. Robert Indiana considers his paintings to be “pre-word” or related to the way in which he resorts to text to achieve his artworks. Some of his most famous pieces include First american dream, exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Zurich, which is part of the artist’s series. This series is a clear indication of Indiana’s talent as a Pop-Art...

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