curated by Friederike Nymphius

​May - October, 2021

Cassina Projects


Liam Gillick

Ghost towns should proliferate..., 2018

Vinyl text, powder-coated aluminum

205 x 198 x 10 cm | 81 x 78 x 4 in



curated by Friederike Nymphius

May 14 - October 2, 2021



John M Armleder, Monica Bonvicini, Martin Boyce, Valentin Carron, Andrew Dadson, N. Dash, Philippe Decrauzat, Francesco De Prezzo, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Manuel Fois, Liam Gillick, Fernanda Gomes, Francesco João, Tarik Kiswanson, Alicja Kwade, Beth Letain, Meuser, Gerold Miller, Olivier Mosset, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Monika Sosnowska, Blair Thurman, Tatiana Trouvé, Franz Erhard Walther, Heimo Zobernig


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Liam Gillick's work includes clear references to the formal language of Minimalist Art, but he uses this vocabulary knowingly to question the role art may play in society and in the market economy. The serial character, minimalist structure and the limited color scheme of the work are somewhat reminiscent of the environmental design experiments of the Bauhaus School and the aesthetics of Minimalist sculpture. The work is not conceived as a mere object to be looked at, but is meant to function as an offer for communication and discussion, a situation which possibly transgresses and questions the limits of aesthetic enjoyment.


The work consists of 16 aluminium fins in different colors that are mounted vertically on the wall in regular distances. Above, a short text is applied in black vinyl lettering. It combines properties associated with painting, sculpture and relief. According to one’s point of view, the individual elements seemingly blur and their elevation from the wall varies.


1995 documenta X

2002 shortlisted for Turner Prize

2009 German Pavillion, Biennale di Venezia