St. Moritz Art Masters 2012: more than just a milestone

The 5th St. Moritz Art Masters ended last Sunday afternoon with a very positive result: it has been one of the most successful St.Moritz Art Masters ever.
SAM has become a fixture in the St.Moritz summer season, enjoying an annual rise in the number of visitors. It presented more exhibitions than in the previous years, and visitors and artists alike were enthusiastic about the informal atmosphere of the 10-day art and culture festival. This year the Artist Talks attracted an even larger interested audience, who used the opportunity to engage in discussions with the participating artists. Many artists such as Ron Arad, Kerim Seiler, Lutz & Guggisberg, Oliver Kruse, Hamish Fulton, Rolf Sachs, Roberto Cabot and Tom Sachs insisted on being personally present most of the time. The photographic exhibition curated by Amedeo M.Turello again managed to bring to the Engadin renowned photographers such as Occhiomagico (Giancarlo Maiocchi), Albert Watson, Yossi Loloi, Matteo Basile, Cheyco Leidmann, Jock Sturges und Steve McCurry.

In retrospect, two of this year’s SAM projects deserve a special mention; projects which one the one hand stand for the sustainability of SAM, on the other hand already provide a taste of things to come next year. The first is the sculpture by Oliver Kruse on the shore of Lake St. Moritz which was erected by the town of St. Moritz on the occasion of SAM’s 5th anniversary: the sculpture will stay there for another five years.  The walk-in sculpture 'Interrelate' by the German artist Oliver Kruse is typical for the philosophy of St. Moritz Art Masters, uniting art and nature, heightening the perception of space and thus provoking an unusual experience of space in natural surroundings. The second project also underlines the sustainability of SAM: the architectural installation ‘Relay’ (Situationist Space Program) by Kerim Seiler, which was built this year for the first time in St. Moritz and which will serve as a temporary workshop for selected artists in preparation for and during St. Moritz Art Masters 2013.

The next St. Moritz Art Masters festival is therefore visibly on its way: from 23 August 2013 to 1 September 2013 the Engadin will again dedicate itself to art, and since the national focus will be on China, the perspective promises to be a very interesting one.

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