Espace Muraille - Michal Rovner, Dislocation - Geneva, Switzerland

Michal Rovner
Espace Muraille, Geneva, Switzerland
31 January - 04 May 2019


Espace Muraille, a singular exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art, was founded by Caroline and Eric Freymond. The couple are both collectors and patrons who wish to share their passion for contemporary art and for artists with the widest possible audience. The venue, situated at the heart of Geneva’s Old Town, is loaded with history, and the space was entirely reimagined and remodeled by Caroline Freymond, its artistic director, in order to host ambitious exhibitions—notably solo shows dedicated to international artists.

After large-scale exhibitions spotlighting the French artist Monique Frydman (2015), Argentinian artist Tomàs Saraceno (2015), Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary (2016), American artist Sheila Hicks (2016), and British artist Edmund de Waal (2017), Espace Muraille will give carte blanche to Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson in 2018, for an exhibition-event hybrid encompassing several new works created in-situ.

Starting January 31, 2019, Espace Muraille will invite the Israeli artist Michal Rovner for her first solo exhibition in Switzerland, perpetuating the venue’s stature as one of the top spaces of artistic creation in Switzerland. Curated by Laurence Dreyfus in close collaboration with the artist, her studio and PACE Gallery, which represents her work, the exhibition will present a dozen of Michal Rovner’s works of art - video installations and projections - , conceived specifically to dialogue with the space, including a new video especially made for this exhibition. An exhibition catalog will be published on this occasion.
Simultaneously, PACE Gallery will present a solo show of her works in its new space in Geneva, located on quai des Bergues.
It is an ambitious spotlight upon the work of a singular artist, humanist and sensitive, whose works speak to universal themes.

Michal Rovner: Dislocation
Since first showcasing her video work at her Whitney Museum of American Art retrospective in 2002, Michal Rovner has pioneered the use of the moving image as a non-narrative, non-cinematic medium for the creation of painterly images and installations which, like painting and sculpture, conjure the timeless realities in a way the narrative arts cannot. “I’m not trying to ignore or get away from reality, but to detect something about reality, which is underneath the details, underneath the story.” -Michal Rovner
Abandoning any sense of narrative, Rovner displaces her figures in fragmented sites. Time seems like an event without beginning or end. These abstract, painterly video works explore reflections of an unresolved reality that is troubling. The work of Michal Rovner is particularly relevant today, in a world immersed in crisis of displacement and dislocation. “The faith of the uprooted, their ceaseless, epic wandering, is at the heart of the work of Michal Rovner” - Simon Schama (from BBC’s Civilizations)


Espace Muraille
31 January - 4 May 2019
Curator: Laurence Dreyfus
Place des Casemates 5, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland
From Tuesday to Friday, 10am-12pm and 1pm-6pm
Saturday 11am-12pm and 1pm-6pm
Free entry

Photo: Untitled 18 (detail) © 2019 Michal Rovner/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York