Marc de Puechredon hosted the live implosion of a two meter stainless steel cube by the artist Ewerdt Hilgemann on the terrace of the gallery overlooking the Rhine on June 13 2013. The event took place during ARTBASEL 44 and was thus well visited by international art collectors and aficionados.
The Basel cube is exhibited on the Park Avenue art project in New York during summer 2014.
Elementary research has from the beginning characterized Hilgemann’s work. After experiments in the sixties with subtle, white wooden wall pieces, catching light, he turned into a conceptual sculptor, using natural stone, as well as steel in series of works, or as opposites: positive versus negative in geometric shapes, such partitioned cubes. In 1980 he introduced randomness and natural powers beyond his control,into his working method. Much to his surprise, he found that also the unpredictable is subject to natural laws, to which he soon could anticipate. Is there anything softer than air, more vital for human beings, breathing in and out? Yet, this same air is capable of pressing, folding large steel containers, once the air is being evacuated. That force has become hilgemann’s tool.
10 & 10 was the opening exhibition if the gallery in its new premises at the www.e-halle.ch in 2007.