“Exceptional Discovery” aptly describes St. Moritz Art Masters in every respect. This unconventional festival of art and culture in the Engadin region in Switzerland, this year taking place for the fourth time, from 26th August to 4th September, has long since established itself as the place to be for art and culture enthusiasts.
For ten days, the whole region devotes itself to art, and once again visitors will be greeted by a unique environment at the St. Moritz Art Masters, in short SAM. Artists as well as regional, national and international galleries are already involved in the creative process, giving it their all to bring it into being, putting together this year’s exhibitions. SAM provides a unique platform to stage art and culture that also incorporates its natural surroundings. Last summer, many of those taking a stroll through the beautiful nature were startled as they unexpectedly came upon a wooden sculpture by the lakeside, or a bridge installation in the middle of the woods, while the centre of the town was dominated by gigantic black fibreglass demons. The “Ship of Tolerance” was gently bobbing on Lake St. Moritz, as a symbol of the connection between countries and continents. Those are just a few of last year’s highlights, serving as good examples of how SAM repeatedly manages to present contemporary art in unusual settings.
This year, SAM is set on excelling itself once again. Shining stars in the firmament of the art world, such as Jonathan Meese, John Armleder or George Condo add to the glamour and continue the impressive line-up of renowned artists previously showing their work at the SAM – such as David LaChapelle, Frank Stella, Mike Kelley, Julian Schnabel, Gerhard Richter, Arne Quinze, Miquel Barceló, Emilia & Ilya Kabakov, Wim Delvoye, Not Vital or Zilla Leutenegger.
Headed by this year’s motto “Lingua Franca - A Public Intervention,” the exhibitions will be accompanied by a diverse program of events: panel discussions, artist talks, lectures and workshops, offering a wide range of opportunities to fill up your day. And as for the evenings – cultural events, galas as well as sipping cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere provide ample possibilities for an exchange with artists and other kindred spirits.
For further information on SAM, please visit www.stmoritzartmasters.com; this year’s program and highlights can be viewed as of June 2011.
John Armleder, Swiss contemporary artist
Contemporary art in Madrid
Contemporary art in Istanbul
Contemporary Chinese art