DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM is pleased to present a proposal by gallery artist ALFREDO ACETO titled DUNA BIANCA and including works by selected Swiss-based artists JACQUES BONNARD, TINA BRAEGGER, NATACHA DONZÉ, SYLVIE FLEURY, FRÉDÉRIC GABIOUD, STÉPHANE KROPF, MIRIAM LAURA LEONARDI, THOMAS LIU LE LANN, CHARLY MIRAMBEAU, DENIS SAVARY, CLAIRE VAN LUBEEK, and ROMANE DE WATTEVILLE. The exhibition focuses on a cross-section of artists of different generations working in and around Lausanne, Geneva, and Zurich specifically, with a variety of media and artistic practices, from painting to large scale sculpture, and at different stages of national and international exposure.
The title, DUNA BIANCA, quotes the song of the same title by the Italian metal/rock band Trombe di Fallopio on their 1994 album Santi Numi. The titular Duna is the iconic Italian car, produced by FIAT between 1985 and 2000, a particularly gangly vehicle that became the target of satire and mockery over the years. Considered to be one of the major failures of the automotive industry, the Duna still found a large success outside the European market, perhaps due to its practicality and low cost. In contrast to the clumsy design rejected by critics, the song “Duna Bianca” portrays an emotional version of that car, almost personified and full of tenderness.
Aceto’s classification and the reference to the song as a pseudo-organizational device in selecting the artists are purely an expedient; nothing here represents an exclusive choice. Rather, the show is an excuse for bringing together multiple positions. Instead of presenting artistic practices in an exhaustive or chronological way, it charts a fragmentary journey in which the twelve artists come together through friendship and / or common influences, while distinctly avoiding the risk to be too discursive.