For more than 25 years Peter Wüthrich's artistic work has been centered exclusively around the book. It is unique in its consequence and in the depth and richness that the artist draws from this limitation. Wüthrich addresses the book as a medium, the book as a material object, and the spiritual content of the books.Read More
In fact, books in Wüthrich's works appear in a form of ambiguity that consistently denies them their readability and thus what conventionally constitutes their function, without questioning their book status.
He demonstrates to us how cleverly the book is interwoven with the significance of the work of art, since the book is nothing other than the summarized material form of a text, which actually consists only of pure imagination. Thus Peter Wüthrich's exploration of the book manifests itself in the form of objects, which are only revealed in a journey into an inner world by the power of the imagination. The imagination of the author and our own.
Peter Wüthrich explores the obscure object of his desire in various artistic investigations, pictorially, installatively, photographically and cinematically. The artist understands his books beyond their pure physicality above all as personalities that contain something they are allowed to keep to themselves and thus become free for a transformation into another form of reality.
All creations are based on the deep desire not to simply take the world as what it is, but to make it the object of a transforming imagination, in which things become an image of themselves and thus an image of their potentially infinite possibilities.
'Although it is precisely the book's status as an object which fascinates Wüthrich, in his hands it takes on a life of its own so that it ultimately becomes transformed from an inanimate object into a vital being with an individual essence and personality' .... Excerpt from the preface by Gérard A Goodrow in Peter Wüthrich - So ist die Welt/Thus is the World, Walther König, Köln, 1997
Peter Wüthrich lives and works in Bern/Interlaken. He is represented in numerous public and private collections, e.g. Hoffmann La Roche Fondation, Basel; Hauser&Wirth Collection, Henau, St. Gallen; Luciano Benetton Collection, Venezia; Nancy and Giorgio Spanu Fondation, Garrison, NY; Wilhelm-Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg; Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun; Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen und der Kunstsammlung des Deutschen Bundestages, Berlin.
Text courtesy Boutwell Schabrowsky.