International 2012 Archives
Press release by art-
The Appenzell Biennial is pleased to present a site-
The Edelweiss is a special flower. It stands for bravery and valor, for unspoiled nature, for purity, innocence, and eternal love. For the alpinists, it has always been a symbol of their passion for the mountains and a metaphor for the noble traits that characterize an alpinist. "For the members of the Alpine Club, the Edelweiss is not only the most beautiful blossom of the upper Alps, but also a symbol for the imperishable inner beauty of the noble and good," reads an entry in the Swiss Alpine Club Yearbook from 1891/1892. For the Alpine nation Switzerland, Edelweiss is practically a national symbol. It is no wonder then, that this perennial plant from the aster family adorns the largest of the Swiss coins—the five Franc piece, the Fünfliber.
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Exhibition Summer 2012, opening at 30 June 2012. Directions to Wasserauen, Ebenalp Cable Car Station. By car via Appenzell–Steinegg–Weissbad. With public transportation via Gossau or St.Gallen to Wasserauen.
Last year, Olaf Nicolai, who frequently uses minimal shifts or changes in his works to challenge our perception of reality, had 479 Leontopodium alpinum seedlings planted in a 6 x 6-
Nicolai entices us to the Ebenalp with beauty and romance, making use of the language and aesthetics of marketing and advertisements: he repeats this symbol of Swissness, the country's cachet and cliché, the national airline logo, which adorns wristwatches and chocolate wrappers alike—and surprises us with the Alpine answer to Malevich: a carefully planted, 6 x 6-