As a central part of the exhibition Roth Bar & Studio. Dieter Roth, Björn Roth and Oddur Roth, Hauser & Wirth Zürich will launch a fully-functional, specially-crafted bar designed by Björn and Oddur Roth, son and grandson of German-born Swiss artist Dieter Roth (1930 – 1998). This site-specific bar will be open in the evening every Thursday to Saturday for the duration of the exhibition, and will host a full programme of events, including an opening performance by Björn and Oddur Roth on 27 March.
First conceived by Dieter Roth in the early 1980s, ‘the bar’ is a dynamic and changing installation, and is a continuing element in the Roths’ cross-generational practice. As a condition for him to exhibit with Hauser & Wirth, Dieter Roth insisted that a bar form part of his first show in 1997. Along with his son Björn, Dieter Roth installed the functional ‘Bar 2’ (1983 – 1997) around the corner from the gallery in Fabrikstrasse in Zurich. Every beer bottle served became a part of the bar installation and visitors’ conversations were recorded and archived. Nearly 20 years after this event, another bar – entitled Economy Bar – will now inhabit the gallery, bringing reality and art even closer together.
The bar, comprised of scavenged materials, embodies a central motif found throughout Dieter Roth’s work. Economy Bar (2004 – 2013) was first unveiled in the exhibition Dieter Roth: Lest / Train at Reykjavik Art Museum in 2005, before continuing on to ‘Dieter Roth, Martin Kippenberger’ at Hauser & Wirth Coppermill and, most recently the bar was installed as part of Dieter Roth Björn Roth. Islands (HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy, 2013). The bar has gradually evolved during this period, as for each exhibition site-specific materials have been incorporated into the installation.
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