Pavel Schmidt. SculpturesJuly 5, 2008 – October 5, 2008

Parallel to his One-Man-Show at the Museum Tinguely in Basel and his Kafka show in the Berlin Jewish Museum, the Jewish Museum Hohenems presents Pavel Schmidt’s sculptures in the Museum’s garden.

Referring to Paul Celan’s poem “Engführung” Pavel Schmidt encircles the Villa Heimann-Rosenthal with his ironic fragments of classic heritage and petty bourgeois self confidence: Davids reunion with Venus and the garden gnomes of the Nibelungen. “Schmidt’s oeuvre is both Dadaistic and baroque with its playful zest of seriousness and the joy of encircling, encoding and deprivation of meaning. And the baroque insight into the futility and vainness of everything.” (Konrad Tobler)

Pavel Schmidt, Swiss-Jewish sculptor, graphic artist and writer, was born in Bratislava in 1956, and finds his home on the road today. The Jewish Museum Hohenems was able to acquire his David with funds from the Ars Rhenia Cultural Foundation.

Exhibition construction:
Pavel Schmidt (Biel/Bienne, München), Birgit Sohler (Hohenems), Itay Dekel (Israel)
atelier stecher (Götzis)
Roland Stecher und Thomas Matt
Public relations / organization:
Birgit Sohler
Museum education:
Helmut Schlatter (Hohenems)
Gerlinde Fritz (Hohenems)