Plaster—Its Forms

July 26, 2015 to October 18, 2015

Starting on July 2, 2015, the Material Archive is presenting the exhibition «Plaster—Its Forms.» It presents plaster in its varieties as a material and in its use as a material in mold making. The exhibition also comprises the results of two workshops that took place in the Sitterwerk. For one week in mid-March, students of the ETH Zurich’s Department of Architecture deal with stuccowork, which they then realized for a storage hall on site. The second workshop, at the end of June, was public. Its focus was on historical and contemporary processes for producing plaster castings. Multi-part plaster forms created during the workshop are also part of the exhibition.

The exhibition «Plaster—Its Forms» is taking place as the conclusion of an extensive project of the Material Archive, supported by the Stiftung zur Förderung der Denkmalpflege (Foundation for the Advancement of Monument Preservation). In addition to the organizing of the practice-oriented workshops, the project also comprised the expanding of the collections of the Material-Archiv. Results off research on various types of plaster are made publicly accessible in the form of material samples and datasets (

The exhibition architecture was created for the Sitterwerk in situ by Lisa Höing and Rachel Hess within the framework of their elective subject at the ETH, with the support of Enzo Valerio of the Kunstgiesserei St.Gallen.

On August 27, Udo Thönnissen, co-organizer of the ETH stucco workshop, Lukas Sarasin, who loaned the historical plaster forms, the ceramicist Cornelia Trösch, and Julia Lütolf, head of the Material Archive will give insights into the exhibition based on their exhibits. Opening 6 pm, Introduction 7 pm.

More about the stucco workshop of the ETH

More about the public mold making workshop