Good news for at fans in Switzerland: Zürich's eleventh annual Art-In-The-Park outdoor exhibition will open in the private park of the city's lakeside Baur Au Lac on June 9, a week before international connoisseurs flood into Switzerland for Art Basel.
"2013's Art-In-The-Park-XI will be exclusively dedicated to Australia's greatest sculptor, Robert Klippel," says Gigi Kracht, who is curating the exhibit. Klippel, who refers to his work as 'man-made mechanization,' has shared exhibitions with some of the world's most legendary artists including Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, René Magritte, Lucien Freud and Wilfred Lam. He began his career in London with the help of Henry Moore and influential art dealer William Ohly, where he launched one of his first exhibitions at the Ohly's Berkley Gallery. Klippel was welcomed into New York's exclusive members-only artist group, 'The 10th Avenue Club,' founded by Willem DeKooning and Jackson Pollock, and was recommended for a fellowship at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and was a teaching professor at the Minneapolis School of Art. He died in Australia in 2001, aged 81.
Gigi Kracht, wife of Andrea Kracht, the sixth-generation owner of the Baur Au Lac, is the curator of all the Art-In-The-Park exhibitions and the 2013 exhibit will include some of Klippel's most monumental works.
Art-In-The-Park-XI will run through August 7.
For more information on Art-In-The-Park-XI, contact [email protected].
For information on all Art-In-The-Park expositions, visit www.art-in-the-park.com.
For more information about the Baur au Lac, visit www.bauraulac.ch.