Image source: Harald Szeemann, Individual Methodology JRP Ringier, 2007
Harald Szeemann ’s “Grand Father: A Pioneer Like Us” (1974) took place in his Bern apartment (later to become Galerie Toni Gerber). In the exhibition he presented hairdressing equipment that belonged to his grandfather, who was a professional hairdresser and secret inventor of the perm. By displaying objects on an equal level with artworks, Szeemann pushed the boundaries of professional exhibition making, creating a model of exhibition as personal cosmology.
Excerpt from: Mind over matter. (interview with Harald Szeemann) Artforum International | Date: 11/1/1996 | Author: Obrist, Hans-Ulrich
"When clearing his place in 1971 after he had died - Etienne Szeemann, Hungarian by birth, self-taught hairdresser with his own inventions (the hair-dying comb called 'Vira') - I kept everything that reminded of my grandparents. For years, I had considered this apartment worth exhibiting, as a visualization of a history, a record of lifestyle, as an illustration of the knowledge that there is a point in every person's life at which every sign becomes self-evident ... ."
- Museum der Obessionen von/ueber/zu/mit Harald Szeemann (Berlin, 1981)
Quoted from Hans Joachim Mueller, Harald Szeemann - Exhibition Maker (Ostfildern-Ruit, 2006)