Focus 2022

Since more than 100 years, the December exhibition has been the highly appreciated platform for artists from the city and region of Winterthur. Every two years, a jury of experts assembles a representative exhibition from numerous applications at the Kunst Museum Winterthur and the Kunsthalle Winterthur, providing an overview of the diversity of contemporary art in and from Winterthur. In addition, the exhibition, which is organised by the two institutions in cooperation with the Winterthur Artists’ Collective, also offers an opportunity for mutual exchange. A big party accompanies the opening. Alternating with the curated exhibition, the so-called Focus exhibition takes place the following year at the Kunst Museum Winterthur. This exhibition too is focused on works by Winterthur artists. The selection of artists, however, is not made on the basis of an application with a portfolio, but on invitation by curators of the Kunst Museum Winterthur. Also invited is the person who won the exhibition prize at the previous December exhibition. This will be the case again in 2022. The goal is to enable unusual perspectives on the regional art scene and to discuss the work of selected artists. In contrast to the judged December exhibition, the Focus exhibitions are designed to accommodate larger work groups of artists and to offer the opportunity for on-site installations.

Thus every year, the December exhibition provides intensified and varied views of the creative work of artists from the region, a showcase allowing the audience to discover new artists and gain varied insights into Winterthur’s art scene.

Curators: Konrad Bitterli and Lynn Kost