«Das Denken unterbrechen»: An Exhibition on Drawings, Notes, Idea Sketches

November 22, 2015 to February 14, 2016

The exhibition «Das Denken unterbrechen» (Suspending Thought) takes up an element of interest to both the Sitterwerk and the Kunstgiesserei: drawings as idea sketches, as a continuation of thought. It addresses sketching as the moment at which the hand takes over thinking. 

The theme of sketches has many facets, as a group of works, as a process, as a statement, as a performance. With this exhibition, we devote ourselves to technical sketches, those drawings that are necessary in order to find out how to construct something, or how to realize an object that corresponds to a specific idea. At certain moments, as the theory goes, sketching takes over thinking. The hand with the pencil takes over the intellectual output, conceptualizing, thought. Or, as the architects Herzog & de Meuron put it: «The hand suspends thought.» The exhibition examines this fleeting moment from various perspectives.   

With contributions by Monika Bartholomé, Hans Josephsohn, Sarah Klein, Mathew Kneebone, Karel Martens, Paul Stiff, and with sketches from the Kunstgiesserei St. Gallen.


Sunday, November 22, 2015, 4 to 7 pm

With the book presentation by Mathew Kneebone, Mechanical Systems Drawing, Vol. 2

Welcome at 5 pm, followed by soup and beverages 

The closing event of the exhibition «werken, wandeln, wirken – Ruedi Zwissler» is taking place at the Zeughaus Teufen the same day, starting at 2 pm. Afterward, one can arrive at the opening at the Sitterwerk comfortably and punctually with the train and bus connection to St. Gallen at 4 pm. 


Sunday, February 14, 2016, 2 to 5 pm 
with an intervention by Monika Bartholomé and the Museum für Zeichnung

The exhibition is supported by: Arnold Billwiller Stiftung, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Dr. Georg und Josi Guggenheim-Stiftung, and Walter und Verena Spühl Stiftung