Painting with concrete

In 2020, the new hospital Solothurn will open, and with it an artwork by Christoph Haerle, planned meticulousness since 2017 – a coloured concrete wall, 5 metres high and 60 metres long, that leads to the main entrance of the hospital.

The solo exhibition in the gallery is dedicated to this project of the artist, who had bear to risk a failure, because what he came up with has never been done before: “Painting with concrete.”

In collaboration with experts an extraordinary art project has been developed. On the one hand, it forms a dialogue with the new building, designed by the architects Silvia and Reto Gmür. On the other hand, the artist succeeds to visually break open the wall. Due to current events, it could be read as a statement.

In addition to design material, plans and a documentary film about the project, which visualize Haerle’s elaborate preparatory work, the exhibition also exhibits objects that were created using the same novel concrete process, as well as nail polish pictures.

The development from the idea of painting with concrete, through planning to realization, has led to an unprecedented de-velopment and opened up a new path in concrete processing.

Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 6 p.m.

Exhibition dates
7 June – 13 July 2019

Opening hours
Wednesday through Friday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Zurich Contemporary Art Weekend
Saturday / Sunday,
June 8 / 9, 2019, 11am – 5pm



Edited by Aleksandra Signer and  Peter Zimmermann 

Texts on selected works
Paula van den Bosch, Barbara Casavecchia, Christoph Doswald, Esther Flury, Lorenzo Giusti, Paul Good, Matthias Haldemann, Stephan Kunz, Roman Kurzmeyer, Li Zhenhua, Gerhard Mack, Simon Maurer, David Moinard, Kristin Schmidt, Dorothea Strauss, Sunny Sun, Ulrich Suter,  Reto Thüring, Roland Wäspe, Max Wechsler, Sara Weyns, Beat Wismer, Rachel Withers

With descriptions of the works by Roman Signer

30,5 × 24,5 cm, 608 pages / 670 illustrations
Hardcover (linen) in a slipcase
German / English

ISBN 978-3-906191-10-2 (Switzerland)

Edition AlbersZimmermann & Edition Stephan Witschi, Zurich
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The materials – water, fire, air and earth – are elements that intervene in the design of Roman Signer’s works and complete them. It is ordinarily part of the works to reveal how they are made. The artist himself comments on some 350 sculptures and actions without interpreting them. By detailing such facts as the technical framework, climate and sequence of events, he gives readers such a precise impression of each work that they could almost be observing the action themselves. The resulting catalogue raisonné is essentially a work in itself and, as such, an indispensable part of this unique oeuvre. The fourth volume in the series represents a self-contained monograph of years that are vital to Signer’s practice.