Aleksandra Mir

New Art from Switzerland

Contemporary, London, July 2003
By Felicity Lunn

Welcome Back to the Earth
12 April - 9 June 2003
Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Davidstrasse 40, St. Gallen - Switzerland

... The funkiest new director must be Gianni Jetzer who intends introducing to the Kunsthalle St Gallen artists who uncompromisingly place their identity at the center of their work and, in transcending genres, establish new goalposts. Together with the collection of Zurich gallery Hauser & Wirth and the Kunstmuseum, Jetzer is shaking up sleepy St Gallen. His current exhibition of Aleksandra Mir includes First Woman on the Moon, her totally compelling film from 1999 of a fictive landing on a constructed moonscape formed from a Dutch beach. This work combining a huge walk-in piece of Land Art with playful commentary on the accuracy of fact, contrasts well with Mir's latest project—a hot-air balloon in the shape of an aeroplane that will float above the Swiss mountain region of Santis in September, the ultimate peaceful artwork.

Felicity Lunn is an independent curator, lecturer and writer currently living in Zurich.