Through the exhibition "Towards No Earthly Pole" MASI wishes to pay tribute to Julian Charrière, one of the most innovative and promising young Swiss artists of his generation. The exhibition has been developed around a new videowork of the same name, a film started in 2017 and for which the artist explored remote places subject to extremely hostile weather, including the Antarctic, the Rodano and Aletsch glaciers in Switzerland, Mont Blanc, Iceland and Greenland. Touching upon the history of science, the development of media culture, the romance of exploration as well as the contemporary ecological crisis, in this exhibition Charrière turns his attention to links between colonial and environmental histories, while offering wider reflections upon the pathos of the contemporary geographical imaginary. The exhibition will subsequently be presented in a modified version at the Aargauer Kunsthaus in Aarau and at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Born in Morges (Switzerland) in 1987, Julian Charrière lives and works in Berlin. In 2011 he studied at the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experimentation) where he was taught by Olafur Eliasson. During his career, Charrière has exhibited both individually and as a member of the Berlin collective Das Numen in museums and institutions around the world, among which: the Parasol Unit Foundation for Art in London (UK); Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne (Switzerland); Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris (France); Palais du Tokyo in Paris (France); Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (Germany); Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna (Austria); Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin (Germany); Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland; Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo (Japan); the Kochi-Muziris Biennial in India; the 12th Biennale de Lyon (France); the 57th Venice Biennale (Italy). His first solo exhibition in an Italian institution (All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and Everywhere) is currently being held at the MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna. Julian Charrière has won many important prizes, including the Kiefer Hablitzel Award during the Swiss Art Awards of 2013 and 2015, and the Kaiserring Stipendium für junge Kunst in 2016.