GrafenArt 2022

Art in Landscape
Grafenort Engelberg
22.05. - 30.10.2022

In May 2022, a sculpture exhibition was created in Grafenort, in the surroundings of the nationally protected buildings Holy Cross Chapel, Manor House and Grafenort Inn. Against the backdrop of these historic buildings and nature, art can be experienced in different forms, colours and dimensions.

As the gateway to Engelberg, the Grafenort district is owned by the Benedictine monastery of Engelberg. Together with the monastery as a partner, a board of trustees invited ten artists from Switzerland to present existing contemporary works along a tour. The artists include renowned greats as well as talented young artists who are attracting a lot of attention in their scene. When placing the works, emphasis was placed on harmony with the chosen location. Diversity was created through expressive works and different processing techniques and materials. These range from sawn wood to tarnished stone and aerosol-treated canvas to bronze casting.

You are cordially invited to visit this exhibition. It can be reached by train, on foot along the Engelberger Aa or by private transport. A visit to GrafenArt is an all-weather experience. The starting point of the approximately two-kilometre-long, easily accessible tour is the manor house. The end point is the Grafenort inn.

Let yourself be surprised and enjoy the artistic diversity against a mountainous backdrop. The visit is free of charge.


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Creative artists

Biography Part 1

Matthias Maeder

Following an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker, Maeder trained as a wood carver and restorer of wooden objects. He has lived and worked in Engelberg since 2002. In his studio he  creates sculptures, furniture and various com- missioned pieces. Maeder contributed to the 2019 Land Art Pfad with his piece «dry stone walling». For the 2021Land  Art  Pfad  in  Hungerbodenwald  he  developed  the «on/off» power sign in collaboration with Claudia Vogel.

Natalie Agreda

Agreda lives in Basel. After training as a sculptor from 2008 - 2012, she attended the Sculpture Workshop at the Florence Academy of Art. From 2014 to 2019 she studied Object Design at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. During that time she  participated in the Euro- pean Stone Festival  in Freiburg, Germany. From 2013 to 2014 she worked as a sculptor and restorer before found- ing the label Pacha&b in 2015 and opening Atelier Berger in 2016.

Hanna Roeckle

Born in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Freelance artist since 1994. Grant from the Landis & Gyr Foundation for a studio stay in Berlin in 2007. Various exhibitions in museums and galleries in Vaduz, Berne, Zurich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Ingolstadt, Cologne, Weimar, Ulm, Vienna, Hohenems, Paris, Marcigny, and Washington DC. Various art and structural projects in public spaces; represented in several renowned collections. Lives and works in Zurich.

Rochus Lussi

Born in Stans in 1965; has lived and worked in Central Switzerland as a freelance sculptor since 1992. Learned sculpture through practical training in Brienz and courses at the Lucerne School of Art and Design. Also spent a year studying under Jan Hendrych in  Prague. Lussi is represented at exhibitions and performance festivals in Swit-zerland and abroad. Regular working stays abroad, e.g. Berlin and New York. Awarded Innerschweizer Kulturpreis in 2019.

Bertha Shortiss

Born  in 1968, trained sculptor. Runs  a studio in  Altdorf, creating works from stone, wood and other materials for public-sector clients, companies and private individuals. Shortiss  gained international  recognition  with exhibitions in the Trioptikon in Kandern in 2013, in Kunstraum Kies- werk, and with her participation in snow sculpture com- petitions. She has produced  sculptures for public spaces in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Finland, Greenland and Ireland as well as locations in Asia, North and South America.

Artworks Part 1

Click on the upcoming picture gallery and learn more about the individual artworks of the artists.

Creative artists

Biography Part 2

Pascal Murer

*1966 in Altdorf,  Uri. Pascal Murer  stammt  aus einer Künstlerfamilie. Er ist Zeichner, Maler und Bildhauer, lebt und arbeitet in Locarno. 1995 Studium der  Bildhauerei, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien, Prof. Joannis Avramidis und Michelangelo Pistoletto. Assistent an der Wiener  Secession.  Aufenthalte  in  New  York  und  Ber- lin. 2001 Gründung  des  Ateliers «Vedo Arte» mit Nino Doborjginidze in Locarno. Zahlreiche Arbeiten in öffent- lichen und privaten Sammlungen. Ausstellungen (Aus- wahl): 2012 und 2021 Triennale für Skulptur, Bad Ragaz, 2019 Trees  of  Life,  Fondazione  Monte  Verità,  Ascona, 2014 Crescendo,   Fondazione  Erich- Lindenberg,  Porza- Lugano,  2013 Arista  dell'anno.  Premio  Bally, Casa Rusca, Locarno.

Elionora Amstutz

Lives and works in Stansstad; she has been  a freelance designer  and set designer  since 1991. Qualified interior designer; trained under  the  sculptor Franco Annoni (Lu- cerne). Periods of study in Salzburg. Participation in group and solo exhibitions, art projects, building art, and  the design  of various stage sets.  Has produced  sculptures, collages and drawings.

Barbara Jäggi

Born in 1956, grew up in Madiswil, Canton of Berne

Apprenticeship and several years as a textile designer

Attended Basel Design School

Attended Lucerne Design School, Liberal Arts department

Metal sculptor since 1985, lives in Lucerne

Numerous solo and group exhibitions

Participation in public art projects

Adrian Gander

A.k.a. Annoy, born in Stans in 1991; lives and works in Nid- walden. Studied  at  Lucerne  School  of  Art  & Design from 2010 to 2014, graduating with a BA in Visual Communica- tion. He started out drawing, but was already interested in graffiti,  architecture and public art before  embarking on his studies. His wall art gained him a reputation as a graffiti  artist,  but he consistently  works with other media as well. Stays in Lebanon and South America influenced his style and expanded his visual repertoire.

Eugen Jans

Born  in 1963; lives and works in  Zug. After an appren- ticeship as a technical model constructor, from 1990 he began as a self-trained sculptor. He also works as an excavation specialist for monument preservation. In 2007 he received  a grant to work in a studio  in Berlin, and in 2013 and 2017 a granted stay at Fondazione Svizzera in Venice by Pro Helvetia. Since 1993 he has participated in countless solo and group exhibitions at various locations in Switzerland and Italy.

Artworks Part 2

Click on the upcoming picture gallery and learn more about the individual artworks of the artists.


Claudia Häusler-Zwyer
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