Taking place in and above Gstaad, Elevation 1049, curated by Neville Wakefield and Olympia Scarry and produced by the Luma& Foundation, will be a first large-scale exhibition to take place in the mountains during the winter, as well as the first concentration of exclusively Swiss artists creating site-specific works in their place of origin.
Most of the works will be outside, positioned in and defined by the landscape they inhabit. Held in the midst of winter, Elevation 1049 will exchange the confines of the white cube for the expansive snow-covered backdrop of the Alpine landscape. Using elevation as the measure of difference each project will, in different ways, mark the separation of earth and sky, of heaven and hell. Tracing the contours of what lies underfoot and aspirations above, Elevation 1049 will be the map of this territory.
The aim of Elevation 1049 is not only to revive dialogue between the creative community and the region but also to focus the very best of contemporary Swiss art on and around its quintessential village.
The show will be presented as a journey of discovery in which Gstaad will be discovered through the artists and art discovered through Gstaad. The works commissioned and created specifically for the show will cover a variety of locations. A website acts as catalogue and guide with live-feeds providing a real time view of the work which will allow visitors to assess conditions and for those who can not make the trip to Gstaad, it will be a glimpse into the project.