Peter Wächtler

Curated by Vincenzo de Bellis

12.10.2019 — 09.05.2020

Opening: 12.10.2019, 10.30 AM


The solo show of Peter Wächtler is the second commission project that the Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation trusts to an emerging artist. This project will cover the whole ground floor of the building in Rafenstein Street.


Invited to conceive a site-specific project for the this space and the surrounding context of the city and the region, Wächtler came visiting a few times during the year; he studied the places and the production sites which inspired him to realise an exhibition project that comprises sculpture, photography, painting and video.


The result is a complex show where the artist underlines some key aspects of his practice: the interest for traditional artistic techniques and craftsmanship; the need for a narrative structure, similar to the one of a tale (Wächtler is a writer too) and the ability to switch freely from one expressive medium to another. All those media become part of a tale where the personal mixes with the impersonal, the subjective with the objective, the real with the surreal or the irreal.

Peter Wächtler works in a variety of media: bronze and ceramics, text, drawings and video. But in many ways ‘stories’ could be described as his main artistic material. His works often evoke a narration, with animals or human figures in animated states. They are made in ways that use and adapt elements of fiction, folklore and pop culture, relating to specific traditions and common tales, and materialize the ways of telling a story as much as the story itself.


Wächtler (b. 1979 Hannover, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen; Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; MUKHA, Antwerp; Chisenhale Gallery, London and Renaissaince Society, Chicago, among others.

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