Independence 2009 - 2019
An Incomplete Collection of Works
The volume was published following Tobias Kaspar’s 2018 solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Bern. Titled Independence (2018), it featured teddy bears marching in troops through the galleries and rappelling from the glass ceiling, extras in front of pieces of scenery from a stage version of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Just like in the film, where one of the inmates derails the rules of the asylum, Kaspar – in adopting the rules of art and fashion, which he uses, subverts and perverts – asserted independence within the institution’s set of rules. The publication assembles numerous works and exhibitions of the past ten years, including The Street, the blockbuster the artist realized at the Cinecittà Studios in Rome in 2016. Many other contributions as well as a roundtable discussion with Anke Dyes, Tobias Kaspar, Jakob Schillinger, and the editors, Valérie Knoll and Hannes Loichinger, provide a range of different perspectives on Kaspar’s practice.
Texts by Anke Dyes, Daniel Horn, Tobias Kaspar, Valérie Knoll, Hannes Loichinger, Jakob Schillinger, Axel Wieder, and Dena Yago as well as additional contributions by Barbara Buchmaier, Mikael Brkic, Alexander Scrimgeour, Natalia Sielewicz, and Maja Wismer.
Edited by Valérie Knoll, Hannes Loichinger for Kunsthalle Bern