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Installation shot of Tom Sachs' exhibition in St. Moritz, showing a Toblerone painting, a swiss flag painted on gold leaf and a boombox on a socle

Installation view of Tom Sachs: Helvetiaphilia, Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz, April 2, 2022 – June 4, 2022; Artworks © Tom Sachs; Photo by Stefan Altenburger; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

For the end of the winter season, the Vito Schnabel Gallery in St. Moritz is showing works by Tom Sachs under the title Helvetiaphilia. With them, the artist questions Helvetic symbols.

The title of the exhibition Helvetiaphilia in St. Moritz is no coincidence. The New York based artist Tom Sachs invented the term to express his enthusiasm for Switzerland. Translated loosely, he admitted during a tour: “It’s not just love, it’s something like an obsession.” This is the fourth time Vito Schnabel Gallery has collaborated with Sachs.

Helvetiaphilia is the third part of a Swiss series by the artist. “I first visited Switzerland in 1984”, Sachs said. “For me, it is the most developed country next to Japan - of course under different aspects.”