On the occasion of the 15th. anniversary of the Eduard Spörri Foundation, an anniversary exhibition entitled "un-holy" (un-heilig) will open in the Museum Eduard Spörri in Wettingen, Switzerland (April 2nd - November 20th. 2022). Sculptural and artistic works of art from the 100 years will be shown. Figurative works by Eduard Spörri, Walter Huser and Erwin Rehmann are supplemented with works by contemporary artists. On two floors, figures of saints, tomb sketches and studies with a serious claim will be juxtaposed with the fresh and varied works of contemporary artists without moral sermons. «un-holy» shall challenge our notion of «holiness» and raises questions like: Who decides what is holy? Who, what is worth protecting and what is not? The visitors will be invited to get in a dialogue with the art works, their expectations, their imaginations.
The poster is intended to invite reflection on our concept of "sacred" and "un-sacred". The play on words of the exhibition title "un-holy" is meant to invite, with a wink, a positive approach to a deaf subject and invite "at eye level" to appreciative mutual dialogue.
At the beginning of the assignment, the works of art and their statements had to be studied. In this way, the various positions could be understood and questioned constructively and critically. The diversity of the works to be exhibited in terms of content and form called for a graphic solution that was as reduced as possible. The lowest common denominator could be defined like this: Two positions by the same (yet not the same) nimbus. These are the luminous inflated halo and its shadow. Holy vs unholy - good and not good - serious and humorous, traditional and free-dimensional-unconventional, classic and experimental... Ultimately, there is a whole cultural history in this juxtaposition.
«Holy strawbag», «Good heavens!» "Heavenly God"... Every day we use exclamations of amazement, dismay or even joking expressions. Many people are sometimes unaware that we are using (un)holy words. However, less humor and irony is understood with sacred images and symbols than with the use of language: forbidden crosses in the classrooms or on the t-shirts, destroyed Buddha statues in Afghanistan or disregarded human rights and broken oaths by presidents ...
The exhibition opens on April 2nd. 2022. The first posters have just been pasted. Accordingly, the feedback from a narrower circle has had to be taken as a reference to date. The Board of Trustees, employees of the museum, exhibiting artists and selected people were enthusiastic, had to smile and found the maximum reduction to the nimbus with its shadow extremely apt, humorous and at the same time appreciative. The choice of the silver-metallic Blueback poster paper was particularly praised by the printers. With this effect, the Nimbus shines in sunlight and surprises. So the value-free question "What is still sacred to us?" is being visualized in the formally maximally minimized.