Mark Wallinger

Mark Wallinger (* 1959 in Chigwell, lives in London) is considered one of the most significant present-day British artists. In 2001, he represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale. In 2007, he received the Turner Prize, one of the most important prizes for contemporary art in the world.

The Museum Langmatt is showing Mark Wallinger's paintings for the first time in Switzerland, providing an exemplary insight into his work of recent years. The focus is on large-format Action Paintings and new, polychrome Proteus Paintings in small formats. Painted or shaped with the hands, the pictures have an intensive reference to the body, appear conceptual and sensual at the same time. Despite all the differences to the French Impressionism in the collection, light and movement are the central pictorial elements here as well as there. The Action Paintings represent part of a larger concern with self-reflection, and how the traces of the hand’s gestures are indexical of the artist’s presence within the work: relaying movement and creating an unexpected illusory space that gives the paintings a curious photographic quality. Named after the shape-shifting Greek deity, Proteus Paintings are about the process of their own making, working with the medium’s facility for embodying change and transformation, in ways suggestive of both tiny and vast forces and the ambiguous space this conjures.


Main photo: Exhibition view Mark Wallinger, 2022, Museum Langmatt, Baden, © Pro Litteris, Zürich

Exhibition publication

Mark Wallinger

With texts by Mark Hudson and Markus Stegmann. Hatje Cantz Verlag Berlin, design by groenlandbasel, Hardcover, German/English, 128 pages, 85 illustrations, CHF 38 / CHF 25.

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Events (in German)

Saturday, 17.9.2022, 17 hrs
Vernissage with welcome by Markus Schneider, Mayor, and Lukas Breunig-Hollinger, President of the Foundation Board. Introduction by Markus Stegmann, Director. Followed by aperitif. At the same time, children's workshop on finger painting with Vera Horat, art educator.

Tuesday, 20.9.2022, 18.30–19.30 hrs
Talk with Mark Wallinger snd Markus Stegmann, Director of Museum Langmatt

Wednesday, 26.10.2022, 12.15–13.15 hrs
Guided tour with Markus Stegmann, Director of Museum Langmatt

On Sunday, 30.10.2022, Mark Wallinger's pictures are theme of the service of pastor Res Peter, Evangelic Church Baden.

Thursday, 10.11.2022, 18.30–19.30 hrs
Talk with pastor Res Peter and Markus Stegmann, Director of Museum Langmatt

Thursday, 24.11.2022, 18.30–19.30 hrs
Guided tour with Daniela Minneboo, Assistant Curator

Sunday, 11.12.2022, 11–12 hrs
Guided tour with Markus Stegmann, Director of Museum Langmatt


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Tues.–Fri.14.00–17.00 hrs
Sat. / Sun.11.00–17.00 hrs
Young people under 18:free admission
Standard price of admission:CHF 12
Reduced price of admission:CHF 10
Standard price for event attendance:CHF 15
Reduced price for event attendance:CHF 12