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Roman Signer. Wasserstiefel, 1986
Photo: Marek Rogowiec

Roman Signer

3.6 – 10.9 2023

Roman Signer has spent fifty years of his career engaging with sculptural processes, and has applied his practice to the mission of redefining what a sculpture is and can be. The exhibition at Malmö Konsthall will be the artist’s first major solo exhibition in Sweden and Scandinavia.

Roman Signer is principally a visual artist who works in sculpture, art installations, photography and video. Time, motion, and gravity are recurring elements in Roman Signer’s art. The effects in his works are achieved by combining basic elements like fire, water, and wind with familiar everyday objects like umbrellas, kayaks, and boots, and then subjecting them to an unexpected process. The ingenious humour that characterises his oeuvre arises from the unexpected contexts, the framing, and the direction that Signer gives his works.

This exhibition is Roman Signer’s first major solo exhibition in Sweden and Scandinavia. It presents works from his entire career, from the 1970s to the present day, including a new work that was produced specifically to be shown at Malmö Konsthall. In total, around twenty works will be shown, alongside documentation of several sculptural and performative processes. As an homage to Signer’s celebrated past participations in outdoor sculpture exhibitions, including Documenta 8 in Kassel and Skulptur Projekte Münster, we will also be showing some of the artist’s works in Pildammsparken during the summer months.

Roman Signer, born in 1938 in Appenzell, presently lives and works in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Porträtt av konstnären Roman Signer.
Portrait Roman Signer. Photo: Stefan Rohner
With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.