Gerard Byrne, A Late Evening in the Future
Kunstmuseum St Gallen, Switzerland
6 June – 13 September 2015
The Irish photographic, video, and performance artist Gerard Byrne (born in 1969) summarizes the motivations for his work as follows: “I am working from the premise that what constitutes 'historical‘ is constantly shifting, from one present to the next. Equally, the material I reference in the works […] doesn’t have a fixed value or significance. It reads differently at different times.”
After numerous solo exhibitions, including one in 2011 at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and another in 2014 at FRAC des Pays de la Loire in Nantes, as well as contributions to the Venice Biennale (2007 and 2011) and documenta (13), for the first time in Switzerland the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen will allow visitors to thoroughly engage with the work of an extraordinary representative of contemporary art in the comprehensive exhibition A Late Evening in the Future. The title itself points to the various temporal levels that meet in Byrne’s large-scale works to constitute the present.