Jungkunst Winterthur – With certainty into the next round 

The Jungkunst Winterthur started today with issue number 14, and it does so under a strict protection concept in notoriously difficult times. Following the credo “not all at once”, this year special attention is paid to staggered admissions. How many are allowed in? “The admission limits are half as high as usual – including the crew,” says Livia Berta, the Jungkunst press human.


A visitor looks very closely at what Jill Winnie Moser has painted. Behind it is the installation by R. Sebastian Schachinger.
Photo: Tatjana Rüegsegger

Once entered, many things feel familiar. The hanging of the works in front of the white fabrics, typical for Jungkunst, remains. However, fewer wood pallets were used, which makes the room look more spacious. After a few steps a dripping sound makes you curious to walk around the first element in the middle. The installation by R. Sebastian Schachinger raises one question in particular: How do you get the clothes wet? For between the black hanging struts he attached clotheslines on which, yes, colorful clothes float soaking wet. The drops hit the naked floor on which the artist placed a toy drum, a children’s cassette player with microphone, and various cassettes. And where does the water come from now? Curator Martin Landolt explains that eighty meters of hose was laid at a height that constantly releases a little water. The installation is intended to refer to the blurring of traces of everyday life and the creation of new ones. In his own words, the artist combines the poetry of everyday life with repressed childhood, which sounds through the falling drops on the toy drum. “The drops of the last wash play a song of washed out laundry”, Schachinger explains in the exhibition text.

First disinfect hands, then it goes into a new sphere of the duo Gisler Gähwiler.
Photo: Tatjana Rüegsegger

From washed-out everyday life, it continues diagonally to the front left with a golden dome, which tickles out the repressed child in some. The duo Gisler Gähwiler created an interior space in which an unknown sphere is to be discovered. Truly not from this world, the journey into the interior of this work is worthwhile. Still familiar and yet magical, visitors are drawn to the underwater world of Marina Woodtli. Her photographs, projected onto lengths of fabric, thus appear to be alive and interact with the passers-by, who become part of the installation.

The Jungkunst Winterthur once again offers a lot of material for voyages of discovery for collectors’ hearts and one or the other selfie for social media lovers. Even if the expenditure of this year takes place under strict conditions, the passion of the organizers is all the more noticeable. With voluntary helpers and an extra portion of will, the team has succeeded in offering all thirsty for art people a weekend including a reduced supporting program and pop-up restaurant, something that could not be more rare at the moment.