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Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG
Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG

Museum Strauhof, Zurich

Der gestillte Blick - Klaus Merz and the images

September 19, 2007 to November 25, 2007

Klaus Merz is among the authors who have become part of the canon of German-language literature with thin but weighty books. From the very beginning, thus since forty years ago, everything that continues to constitute his writing until today was already there: «The sound, the melancholy and the skepticism, the subtle humor and the playful.» (Roman Bucheli)––

The image has a special significance for Klaus Merz and his work. His engagement with fine art is multifaceted and goes back a long time. As a writer, he has written about Heiner Kielholz, Franz Fedier, many others, as well as about Hans Josephsohn – for example, in the Feuilleton section of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Works by Heinz Frey, Ilse Weber, or Heinz Egger have accompanied his literary work. He has collaborated as an author with Beat Zoderer, Uwe Wittwer, Niklaus Lenherr, and recently Roman Signer. ––

In the exhibition in the Strauhof, Peter Erismann documented these connections in close cooperation with Klaus Merz – the universe of images that surrounds the author was presented on the basis of selected artist positions. In addition to the work of Heinz Egger, who has designed not only almost all of the covers for the books of Klaus Merz, Josephsohn was also part of this selection – one reclining figure and two reliefs paradigmatically represented his oeuvre within the context of this exhibition.