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Rémy Zaugg

'The Art Museum of My Dreams or A Place for the Work and the Human Being' / Publication

In his influential 1986 text, now translated from German for the first time, Swiss artist Rémy Zaugg (1943–2005) laid out fundamental ideas on the art museum. For him, the museum is an everyday tool that enables the encounter between viewer and work—raising the question what kind of architecture is appropriate for such a space. The text systematically addresses the floors, walls, and ceilings, as well as the proportions of the rooms, the position of the entrances, and the arrangement of the halls in the building. Against the backdrop of the postmodern gimmickry of new museums designed by self-obsessed architects, Zaugg advocates for a complete reflection on the museum's function in order to achieve a suitable architecture.

Included in this publication are texts by John C. Welchman and Hinrich Sachs as well as an annotated bibliography by Eva Schmidt. All contributions contextualize the piece within Zaugg's oeuvre, situate him in the artistic tendencies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and cast a contemporary perspective onto his thought and work.

Dimensions: 14 x 21 cm.

90-page softcover.


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Edited by Hinrich Sachs and Eva Schmidt.
With texts by Hinrich Sachs and John C. Welchman
Translated by Liz Libbrecht

Design by HIT

Co-published by Sternberg Press and Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen in 2013.