|SPECTRE, beware! Left: Carron's Death Race 2000. Right: Mosset's Toblerones.
The main gallery is filled with Olivier Mosset's cardboard, life-sized Toblerones, which directly points to the anti-tank Toblerone lines used in WWII, shaped like the chocolate bars. They are reminders that even while remaining neutral, all of Europe was a theater of war that threatened every patch of the continent. Valentin Carron's Death Race 2000 combines whimsy and menace in a delivery tricycle equipped with comical James Bond-style blades on its axles. And Karlheinz Weinberger photographed a Rolling Stones concert in Zurich on April 14, 1967, the first arena-scale concert in the nation, concurrent with the onset of violent riots. Exhibited are works by a total of 15 artists, including bold names Thomas Hirschhorn and Fischli/Weiss.
The show, in the gallery space previously occupied by Deitch Gallery, is also a reminder of the thoughtful curation and installations done by the Swiss Institute—itself a welcome subversive presence, and anything but a chamber of commerce outpost in the contemporary art world.