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Art museum's Swiss touch

UNTIL Sunday, Minsheng Art Museum brings site-specific installation by Swiss new-media artist Yves Netzhammer to the museum hall as part of the "Action & Video-CH/CN Art Now" project.

The "Nature, Fear, Entity" exhibition presents Netzhammer's multimedia work, wall drawings and objects, as well as a new "Room of Switzerland" decorated by the artist and situated in the museum's cafe bar.

The project explores cultural temptation in Switzerland since the 1960s, especially focusing on video as a medium in the development of art.

Born in Schaffhausen in 1970, Netzhammer has been working with video installations, slide projections, drawings and objects since 1997.

His work reflects on fundamental, even subconscious, aspects of the human condition.

The creatures the artist creates are perfectly modeled, yet still unfinished. They look like people, but have simplified limbs, torsos and heads. They have no eyes, ears and mouths, yet they can still perceive and affect their environment.

Even though they move around in small, graphic model worlds, these worlds contain everything: sun, moon, earth, ocean, living creatures, instruments and armies of white, black or red bodies touching and injuring each other.

Using a highly simplified aesthetic, his animations create a wordless, dream-like universe where the viewer is challenged to interpret and associate the situations presented.

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