Werner Thöni Artspace (WTA) is a space for experimentation, production and exhibition of emerging contemporary art. It consists of a showroom and a workshop-residence for a guest artist or curator, in addition to the studio of visual artist Werner Thöni.
WTA regularly offers exhibitions, with particular emphasis on the plastic and visual arts. We also organize small-format cultural events on an occasional basis. Our workshop-residence provides each guest artist or curator with a workplace, lodging and the right to exhibit at WTA Gallery for up to a six months period.
WTA opens the doors. His aim is to bring art to an interested public while helping artists and curators to create and show their most innovative projects. WTA believes that art must be within the reach of all, both in its creation and in its final product. It cannot be something that is experienced only by artists. Solely through this interactive process and transparency does art acquire meaning and value beyond the monetary or the purely aesthetic in today’s society?
Exhibition: You will find me if you want me in the garden
The exhibit consists in an installation that evokes the idea of Monet’s landscapes as a starting point, exploring two concepts at the same time, painting and sculpture. The work is formed by paintings that have no physical support; the brush strokes of acrylic paint support itself: we release the painting to become three-dimensional, transforming itself to his own beginning and end.
Artist: Alexandre Madureira
Alexandre Madureira, 1976 Porto. Currently he works and lives in Bamberg. After spending his childhood in Venezuela, he lived and studied art in Portugal. Then he worked as an artist in Barcelona and Bamberg. His first exhibit took place in Lisbon in 2002; at present he continues having international shows in Barcelona, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Berlin and Munich. www.alexandremadureira.com
Special YGW Program
Werner Thöni Artspace premieres at the festival with an interesting programme that covers various artistic disciplines and invites us to reflect:
Friday, 27 September, 19:30-20:00h Opening of “You Will Find Me if You Want Me in the Garden”, an installation of paintings by Alexandre Madureira.
Saturday, 28 September, 20:00 – 21:00 (two passes) “Fragmentos ov thee self”, a performative multimedia installation by Demenceprecoce, with the collaboration of David García (Furvoice), Laura Weissmahr and Stauffer. The installation (without performance) can also be visited from 1 to 4 October from 18:30 to 19:30h.
Sunday, 29 September,12:00-12:15h: Guided tour of the exhibition “You Will Find Me if You Want Me in the Garden” by Alexandre Madureira 12:15-13:00h: “Antes del antes”, round table discussion and debate I return from the exhibition, with the participation of Peter Freund (artist and professor at the Art History Department of Saint Mary’s College of California), Eloi Puig (artist and professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona) and Werner Thöni (artist and director of Werner Thöni ArtSpace).