In 1994, the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen realized a first comprehensive exhibition by Keith Sonnier. The current presentation focuses on his film and video works from between 1968 and 1977 and embeds them in a retrospective field of exemplary sculptures and large-scale installations.
Keith Sonnier’s work radically changed the idea of what sculpture is or could be. Born in 1941 in Mamou, Louisiana, he went to New York after graduating from Rutgers University in 1966. Along with Eva Hesse, Mary Heilmann, Barry Le Va, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, Richard Tuttle, and Jackie Winsor, he was one of the pioneers of the “New Sculpture,” which established a process-based art with industrial and ephemeral materials.