• Michael Beutler, Bales, 2014/2017, colored plastic, circa Ø 150 cm x 120 cm.
  • Michel Beutler (courtesy of the artist)

27 maggio 2017

BALES 2014/2017

Michael Beutler

Curated by Ilaria Bonacossa


Fondazione La Raia is pleased to present BALES 2014/2017, a permanent work by Michael Beutler, a German artist known for his large sculptural installations made with simple, economical materials connected with crafts practices. This is the fifth site-specific installation, after those of Remo Salvadori and Koo Jeung A, commissioned by Fondazione La Raia and on view for visitors inside the biodynamic farming complex La Raia.


The project BALES 2014/2017 was developed for the park of the Kunstareal in Munich, transforming the urban site into an agricultural field in which baling presses gathered industrial straw in bright fluo colors scattered by the artist on the well-groomed lawns of the park into round multicolored bales.


Reinstalled in the setting of the hills of Gavi, on a biodynamic farm like La Raia, BALES is transformed, focusing on the complex relationship between natural and artificial, between industrial work (now an integral part of most farms) and a personal, manual relationship with nature (at La Raia grapes are harvested by hand, the vineyard rows are left with unmown grass aisles, and all the processes of cultivation are based on Steiner’s principle of interconnection between every presence, animal or vegetable).


Michael Beutler (Oldenburg 1976) lives and works in Berlin. His works have been featured in solo shows in many museums, including Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, and the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt. He has taken part in a number of biennials, including Gwangju, South Korea, and the Berlin Biennale.


The event is endorsed by Regione Piemonte, Comune di Novi Ligure and Comune di Gavi.


Opening Saturday 27 May 2017, 11.00


Free entrance with reservation to segreteria@fondazionelaraia.it




Michael Beutler, Bales, 2014/2017, colored plastic, circa Ø 150 cm x 120 cm.

Michael Beutler (courtesy of the artist).