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Roman Signer

Roman Signer Works
Exhibition 2 November – 27 January 2008

Over the past three decades, the Swiss artist Roman Signer has exhibited his work in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions and public performances around the world. At The Fruitmarket Gallery, Signer conceived an exhibition of new and recent sculptures, films and installations. For Signer, each work is an event, an experiment in which a force such as wind, water, gravity or fire transforms everyday things like umbrellas and plastic bags.  In all of his work, Signer proposes new relationships between ordinary objects and elements brought together in extraordinary ways.

Born in Appenzell, Switzerland, Signer started his career as an artist later in life at the age of 28, after working as an architect’s draughtsman, a radio engineer apprentice, and a short stint in a pressure cooker factory. His work has grown out of, and has affinities with both land art and performance art, but they are not typically representative of either category.

Most of the work in this exhibition was made after 2002, with several works made specially for this exhibition. Signer selected and installed it himself. A rhythmic presentation of films, installation and sculptures, the exhibition immerses us in the sights and sounds of Signer’s artistic universe. At once surprising, humorous, and melancholic, Signer’s works are visually simple but emotionally and conceptually complex.

Roman Signer Exhibition Guide
Roman Signer Exhibition Report

Talks and Events

Experiments and Experience 

Getting inside the work of Roman Signer and Monika Sosnowska

A collaborative seminar organised by The Fruitmarket Gallery and Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh. Speakers included: Richard Coyne, Angela Dimitrakaki, Moira Jeffery, Isia Leaver-Yap, Tamara Trodd.

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Exhibition Poster

This poster was designed by The Fruitmarket Gallery to support the Roman Signer Works exhibition which ran from 2 November – 27 January 2008.

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Fruitmarket Gallery Publication

Roman Signer Works Book Cover

A new book has been produced to accompany the exhibition. Designed in collaboration with the artist and including sketches for and photographs of his work as well as an essay by the exhibition’s curator, Fiona Bradley, the book is a useful introduction to Roman Signer’s work.

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Exhibition DVD

This DVD features Roman Signer in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery discussing his exhibition Works which ran from 2 November 2007 – 27 January 2008 at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.