Around 1970, Christian Rothacher (1944-2007) from Aargau was one of the most important artists in Switzerland. After an initial career as a shoe designer, Rothacher created a trenchant oeuvre, situated between conceptual art and arte povera. Like Hugo Suter or Max Matter, Rothacher belonged to the Ziegelrain studio community in Aarau, where many of his most important works were created: Objects made of wood, leather, fur or gauze, delicate watercolors and subtle, ironic installations. In 1971 Christian Rothacher represented Switzerland at the São Paulo Biennale and showed nationally and internationally successful solo exhibitions, but withdrew from the art world in the 1980s; nevertheless, he continued to produce drawings and objects. His poetic and playful individual works and groups of works, which are reminiscent of works by Markus Raetz, reflect the artistic discussion of those years. A monograph with about 100 illustrations, essays, and a selection of Rothacher's previously unpublished letters to his (artist) friends. The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition at the Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau May 14 to July 31, 2011.
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