edel unedel

An exhibition in the Material Archive on the coloring and coating of metals. In cooperation with the artist Anita Tarnutzer and the Material-Archiv S8 of the Hochschule der Künste Bern

June 17, 2019 to September 08, 2019

The natural colors of metals are limited—with the exception of the yellowish color of gold and the reddish color of copper—to shades of gray and their nuances. Whether looking in the mirror, counting coins, or polishing kitchen fittings, the silvery luster of metal shapes our day-to-day life. But such metal surfaces that develop a life of their own, that loose their luster and change color are also familiar. Whether stainless steel or a lustrous patina, there are numerous techniques for coloring and coating metals with which the color spectrum and the qualities of the surface of metal materials can be expanded. The exhibition presents a selection of industrial and manual techniques and links them with an artistic work based on sample panels. In her experimental, long-term projects, Anita Tarnutzer uses the characteristics of non-precious metals to react and retain impressions when put in contact with the sweat of hands or with plant-based ingredients. The triggers for such coloring processes can be stinging nettle, sorrel, and dyer’s chamomile or also the exhibition visitors. 


Exhibition Opening
June 16, 2019, 2 to 5 p.m.
3 p.m.: Welcome and introduction
Followed by aperitifs

Material Tour
July 4, 2019, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Tour of the Bruggen district—with Mark Besselaar, Felix Lehner, and Julia Lütolf, the tour goes past metal façades, manhole covers, sculptures, and door handles.
The tour begins at the Kirche St. Martin at Zürcherstrasse 253 and ends in the Sittertal with aperitifs in the exhibition.
The number of participants is limited. Please register at:    julia.luetolf[at]
The tour will take place in all weathers.  

August 15, 2019, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Alessandra R. Giumlía-Mair, AGM Archeoanalisi 
Patinierte Legierungen von Ägypten bis Japan
Anita Tarnutzer, artist and art caster
Experimentierfeld Patina 

Workshop on the coloring of metals
August 15 -17, 2019
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Tour within the framework of the St.Gallen Museumsnacht
September 7, 2019 

With the friendly support of:
Hans und Wilma Stutz Stiftung, Metrohm Stiftung, Ortsbürgergemeinde St.Gallen Straubenzeller Fonds, Stiftung zur Förderung der Denkmalpflege St.Gallen, Susanne und Martin Knechtli-Kradolfer-Stiftung