“Masüger sees the body as a malleable entity that she distorts through casting. […] She moves figuration toward an indistinct state, and in this visible transformation the work becomes poignant.”
Sara Masüger’s commission for MUZEUM SUSCH combines sculpture, architecture and landscape. Running underneath the floor of the entrance hall in the Bieraria Veglia is a narrow tunnel filled with sculptural forms that echo natural rock formations found in the Engadin valley. This artificial cavity opens up at the far end of the building onto the river bank, carrying its sound into the museum. Masüger created a meditative experience in which the sound is dismembered from its source and transported inside her sculptural passageway that is punctuated by areas of light and darkness – all of which become materials of her work along with the white acrystal shapes.
“Masüger’s work occupies a place within a lineage that includes Eva Hesse (material experiments and the processual), Louise Bourgeois (psychoanalytical work), Heidi Bucher (studies of spaces and their cathartic capacity) or even Alina Szapocznikow (a post-Surrealist idiom addressing the body trauma of the 20th century). What begins impulsively in the studio takes on its full material form only in the architectural space of the exhibition.”
“The artist reminds us that our bodies are at the forefront of important transformations, that they will increasingly be coupled with, extended, and heightened through implants, artificial parts, and interfaces.”
The main protagonist of Inn Reverse is the river Inn that lends its name to the whole region, and whose own name derives from the old Celtic words en and enios meaning ‘water’. One of the defining aspects of Masüger’s practice is the physical presence of the body which defines the shape and existence of many of her works. In Susch, the work can only be experienced individually as the viewer is invited to take part in an intimate encounter with one of the primary elements – the flow of water that originates not far away and continues up to the Black Sea as a tributary of the Danube, one of Europe’s key natural frontiers that defined and witnessed countless events in the past. Inn Reverse is an invitation to reflect on this endless flow of materiality and time.
Muzeum Susch app
For more detailed information about the artists and works included in the show, please download our application Muzeum Susch, available from 29 December 2018.