WegbereiterInnen was an exhibition that tried to span the largest possible time span of contemporary art in Liechtenstein. The curators Lilian Hasler and Luis Hilti worked with all artists of the Art Association of Liechtenstein (Visarte Liechtenstein) that were older than 70 years and whose oeuvre in some cases spanned over half a century.
To mediate the work that had oftentimes very little in common in terms of content and aesthetics, we designed and built a spatial structure from discarded wood. The white-cube space of Kunstraum Engländerbau was contrasted with a rawness and imperfection and gave the art pieces an unusual context.
With each artist we chose a contemporary work and an early work, oftentimes never exhibited before. The exhibition was accompanied with a wide range of activities, including a panel discussion with Hansjörg Rheinberger, Anna Hilti and Robert Allgäuer on the development of the cultural realm of Liechtenstein.
In parallel to the exhibition, we developed the book "WegbereiterInnen" with the ambition to draw a picture of the development of the cultural landscape in Liechtenstein. Where did the first art exhibitions take place? Who pushed art forward in a predominantly agricultural society? And how did a cultural and art scene emerge in the rhine valley?
The book was conceived by Luis Hilti and Lilian Hasler, its design developed by Wolf Studio and the historical research conducted by Toni Büchel. Barbara Bühler is author of the photographs. The book was awarded "most beautiful book of Liechtenstein 2018".