Coda (a fountain for a filter)

Art, Installation, Roma
Art, Installation

Kilian Rüthemann (Fellow 2015/2016) lives and works in Basel. The Istituto Svizzero has commissioned a new art installation that will be on view in the courtyard of the Dipendenza.

The scientific conference Acqua Roma, held in October 2019, is complemented with a water treatment system (washing machine and biological filter) – designed and constructed by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) – that provides insight into the process of turning grey water into quality-controlled water. The system is completed by the fountain-like sculpture Coda (a fountain for a filter) by Kilian Rüthemann for the project by Mira Bleuler and Tumasch Clalüna. It guides the clarified water through a simple structure known from brutalist architecture to find its own path to the drainage. The Installation questions the function as well as the staging of water in the city of Rome.

The installation will open on the same night of Retour à Rome and will be on view to the public for a year along with the water treatment system of the ZHAW that will be in use for the whole period.


Kilian Rüthemann was born in St. Gallen in 1979. He studied stone sculpting in Zuzwil, St. Gallen (1997–2001) and Fine Arts and Media Art at Academy of Art and Design, Basel (2002–2005). His solo exhibitions include Kilian Rüthemann/Robert Mapplethorpe, Xavierlaboulbenne, Berlin (2018); Motion With, Mier, Los Angeles, USA. 2016; Hatch up your troubles, RaebervonStenglin, Zurich (2014); Room For Milk, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2012); North to the Future, Clearing, New York (2012); Attacca, Manor Kunstpreis Basel, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst Basel (2010).

His numerous group exhibitions include The Brutal Play, CAB, Brussels (2018); Conversation Piece, Part 2, Fondazione Memmo, Rome (2016); Auf Zeit, Wandbilder, Bildwände, Kunsthalle Bielefeld (2013); Minimal Myth, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2012); Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin (2008); and Poor Thing, Kunsthalle Basel (2007).