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Covered
Andro Wekua
Covered

2006

Collage, silver foil, tissue paper, colour pencil and felt pen on illustration

36.6 x 48.2cm
Andro Wekua’s photographs and painted sculptural installations channel fragments from his own memories of childhood into mosaic-like narratives, conveying a very real but always remote sense of place. In his work, which often features an element of tiled form, it is as if broken images are being put back together, like a seductive but ultimately unsolvable puzzle.

Sunset (2008), an eight-metre wide installation composed of 170 glazed ceramic panels supported by metal scaffolding, is an abstract composition which is also reminiscent of a landscape with softly billowing clouds and a central red and black circle representing the sun falling over a darkening ground.
Sunset

Sunset (detail)

Sunset (detail)

Sunset (detail)

Sunset (detail)

Andro Wekua
Sunset

2008

Installation of 170 glazed ceramic panels, metal framework, steel scaffolding

500 x 800 x 82 cm
Primary colours dominate the work, whose painted areas are suggestive of strong but incomplete recollections typical of a dream or a long-ago experience, the details of which have become hazy over time. The scale of the work and its fired tile composition make it appear like an ominous public pool mural from the Soviet era, or a larger-than-life backdrop from a Ballets Russes production.

Aspects of his pieces have a decidedly East European flavour. His use of geometry and his photographic montages, such as Black Sea Surfer (2004) and Covered (2006), seem to come from the visual culture of Communism, but they also feel completely embedded within a more universal underground cinema aesthetic.
Black Sea Surfer

Black Sea Surfer

Black Sea Surfer

Black Sea Surfer

Andro Wekua
Black Sea Surfer

2004

installation in 7 parts with 3 collages, colour pencil, pencil and felt pen on paper. 4 fabrics(velours)

175 x 200 x 265 (Overall 3.5 x 8m)
Although Wekua uses representational elements in most of his works, his visual symbolism is often perplexing and self-contained. His practice develops elements inspired by both contemporary culture and by his background – he is originally from Soviet Georgia but left at the age of 15 and has since then been living in Germany and Switzerland. All that remains of his past are ruins, strangely juxtaposed with his present-day perspective.

Andro Wekua's BIOGRAPHY

Andro Wekua
Born in 1977, in Sochumi, Georgia
Lives and works in Zurich and Berlin



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Never Sleep with a Strawberry In Your Mouth, Kunsthalle Wien Austria
N.N Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel Germany
N.N Castello di Rivoli, Torino Italy

2010
Gott ist tot aber da Mädchen nicht, Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin, Germany
Books, Editions and the Like, Swiss Institute, New York, US
1995, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2009
Workshop Report, Wiels, Brussels, Belgium
28 August, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland
Workshop Report, Museion Bozen, Italy

2008
My Bike and Your Swamp, Camden Art Center, London, Dec. 5 – Feb. 9, 2009
My Bike and Your Swamp, Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem, cur. Xander Karskens
Sunset. I love the Horizon, cur. Andro Wekua / Daniel Baumann, Le Magasin CNAC, Grenoble
Blue Mirror, Gladstone Gallery, New York

2007
The Hydra Workshops, cur. Sadie Coles, Hydra
Interlude, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
Wait to Wait, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, cur. Rein Wolfs

2006
Andro Wekua – I’m sorry if I’m not very funny tonight, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, cur. Dieter Schwarz
Without Mirror, Gladstone Gallery, New York

2005
The Rubell Art Collection, Miami
Insert: Andro Wekua, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, cur. Christina Végh
Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
Kunstverein Glückstadt, Palais für aktuelle Kunst, Glückstadt, cur. Sabine Kunz
Del Rio, Shirana Shahbazi & Andro Wekua, Zimmerfrei, Lugano, cur. Giovanni Carmine

2004
That would have been wonderful, Neue Kunst Halle St. GallenSt. Gallen, cur. Gianni Jetzer

2003
Go to church mam, go to church, Kilchmann plus, Zurich, Piano Nobile, Geneva, cur. Marie-Eve Knoerle

2000
Exhibition space, Tiblissi


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany, Saatchi Gallery, London
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Un’Essressione Geografica, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino
A New Sensualism in Contemporary Sculpture, GL Strand, Kopenhagen, Denmark
Swiss Drawings 1990-2010, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland

2010
Die Nase des Michelangelo, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland
10,000 Lives, 8th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
Rethinking Location, Sprueth Magers, Berlin, Germany
Get behind me Satan and Push, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
Swiss Drawings, 1990-2010, Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland
Skin Fruit: Selection from the Dakis Joannou Collection, New Museum, New York
Abstract Resistance, Walker Art Centre, Minnepolis
Contemplating The Void, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York
032 Workshop Report #1, (Moscow) Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow, Russia
Ordinary Madness, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Antidote 6, Galarie des Galeries, Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France

2009
Word Wraps, About Change Collection, Berlin, Germany
Bad Habits, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Le Sang de Poète, Estuaire Nantes, Saint-Nazaire, France
A Guest + A Host = A Ghost, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
Beginnings, Middles and Ends, Galerien Gabriele Senn, Wien, Austria
Modern Modern, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
Shifting Identities, (Swiss Art Now), CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania
Altes Europa, Schickeria, Berlin, Germany
Born in Georgia, Cobra Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2008
The Line is a lonely Hunter, New Jersey, Basel, cur. Daniel Baumann
Expenditure, Busan Biennale, Korea, cur. Tom Morton
Now: Selections from the Ovitz Family Collection, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona, cur. Andrea Feller
Shifting Identities, Kunsthaus Zürich, cur. Mirjam Varadinis
Past-Forward, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London, cur. Vincent Honoré
Life on Mars, Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, cur. Douglas Fogle, May 3 – Jan 11,

2007
Everyday is Saturday, Tbilisi Center for Contemporary Art, Tbilisi, cur. Daniel Baumann
Video Lounge, Kunsthaus Zürich
Unholy Truths, Frank Cohen Collection, Initial Access, Wolverhampton, cur. David Thorp
Works in Ceramic, Gladstone Gallery, New York
Fractured Figure: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Athens, cur. Jeffrey Deitch, Sept.5

2006
Artists for Tichy – Tichy for Artists, MMK Passau, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Wörlen,
Passau
Peinture Aller / Retour, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
Let’s stay alive till Monday, Cur. Daniel Baumann, Tbilisi
Acquisitions récentes, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, cur. Mirjam Varadinis
Painting Architecture, Camden Arts Center, London
Pose & Sculpture, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, cur. Daniel Baumann
The Kate Show, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, cur. Rita Ackermann & Olivier Zahm
Collectors 1, Collezione La Gaia, Busca, cur. Andrea Busto
Infinite Painting, Villa Manin, Centre for Contemporary Art, Passarino, Codroipo, cur.
Francesco Bonami & Sarah Cosulich Caranutto
4. Berlin Biennale, Berlin, cur. Ali Subotnick a.o.
Painting Architecture, Le Plateau. Frac Ile-de-France, Paris
Neuerwerbsausstellung der Grafischen Sammlung, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, cur. Mirjam
Varadinis

2005
Concrete Castle, Confort Moderne, Poitiers, cur. Rita Ackermann
Chambres à part", Hôtel Sezz, Paris, cur. by Laurence Dreyfus
Unter 30, Centre PasquArt, Biel, cur. Dolores Denaro
Lively Memories, Plattform, Berlin, cur. Aurélie Voltz
Swiss Art Awards 2005, Bundesamt für Kultur, Messe Basel, Basel
Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale 2, Karlin Hall, Prague, cur. Helena Kontova & Giancarlo
Politi
ID Troubles – US Visit, Nuture Art, New York
Come Back/Le Retour, Crac Alsace, cur. Hilde Teerlinck, Altkirch
Hier / anderswo, Kunstpanorama, Lucerne, cur. Nils Nova a.o.

2004
Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
Tuesday is gone, Karvasla, Tiblissi
Centro d’Arte Contemporaneo Ticino, Bellinzona, cur. Mario Casanova
Emotion Eins, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, cur. Nicolaus Schafhausen
Emotion Eins, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, cur. Nicolaus Schafhausen
ID Troubles, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, cur. Zoran Erić, Heike Munder, Bettina Steinbrügge
Strategies of Desire, Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz, cur. Sabine Schaschl-Cooper
Dessins et des autres – Part II, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels
hake – ID Troubles, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, cur. Heike Munder, Zoran Eric & Bettina
Steinbrügge
Black, 10, rue du Turennes, Paris, cur. Erich Weiss
Punktleuchten, Hotel 3 Könige, Basel, cur. Klaus Littmann
Fürchte Dich, Helmhaus Zürich, Zurich, cur. Gianni Jetzer & Simon Maurer
The Human Face is an Empty Force, a Field of Death, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam,
cur. Angelblood
Dessins et des Autres, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris,
Stiftung Binz 39, Zurich

2003
Which side are you on?, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich
Coup de coeur/a sentimental choice, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, cur. Hilde Teerlinck
It´s in our hands", Migros Museum, Zurich, cur. Raphael Gygax
Swiss Art Award 2003, Basel
Diarios Urbanos - Joven arte suizo, Alcalá, Madrid, cur. Martin Schwander and Sabine Schaschl
Durchzug / Draft, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich, cur. Beatrix Ruf

2002
Centro de Arte Contemporanea, Bellinzona, cur. Mario Casanova
Persönliche Pläne, Die Zeichnung vom Lebensplan bis zum Weltentwurf, Kunsthalle Basel,
Basel, cur. Christina Végh
Greenenaftalie Gallery, New York
Heirat im Westen, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, project space

2001
Wald und Explosionen, Helmhaus Zürich, Zurich, cur. Simon Maurer
Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zurich und/oder/aber, Stiftung Binz 39, Zurich
Von Fern, Künstlerhaus Boswil, Boswil

2000
Jungs und Mädchen, Warteck, Basel