biography

Silvia Bächli was born in Baden, Switzerland, in 1956. She lives and works in Basel.

Bächli has developed her drawing practice working on sheets of white paper of different sizes, qualities and tones, and using Indian ink, charcoal, gouache or pastels. Using the body and its movements as a starting point, her work spreads into everything that can be considered part of the realm of feeling. In this way she presents a reality made up of fragments and impressions. The result is not just painterly moments: the drawings often seem to capture, as if in film stills, a cinematic way of looking at bodies and things or their details, at landscapes, gestures, structures, and processes. Her works tell stories without an actual beginning or end, just a visualization of a moment captured in time.

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Silvia Bächli was born in Baden, Switzerland, in 1956. She lives and works in Basel.

Bächli has developed her drawing practice working on sheets of white paper of different sizes, qualities and tones, and using Indian ink, charcoal, gouache or pastels. Using the body and its movements as a starting point, her work spreads into everything that can be considered part of the realm of feeling. In this way she presents a reality made up of fragments and impressions. The result is not just painterly moments: the drawings often seem to capture, as if in film stills, a cinematic way of looking at bodies and things or their details, at landscapes, gestures, structures, and processes. Her works tell stories without an actual beginning or end, just a visualization of a moment captured in time.

Important solo exhibitions have been dedicated to her, including: Interstices, LaBF15, Lyon (2021); Shift, Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (2019); Situer la différence, Centre culturel suisse, Paris (2017, with Eric Hattan); weiter.wird.Les abords, Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon (2015); Brombeeren, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2014); Far apart - close together, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2012). Silvia Bächli has been included in a number of group shows, including: Resonating Spaces, Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2019); Mask: In Present-Day Art, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (2019); To have a shelf live, Eric Hattan & Silvia Bächli, Art Basel | Parcours (2018); Drawing Now, Albertina, Vienna (2015); Biens communs I, acquisitions récentes, Mamco, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva (2011); elles@centrepompidou, artistes femmes dans les collections du Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010). She represented Switzerland at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). Bächli’s works are featured in numerous major collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstmuseum, Basel; Kunstmuseum St.Gallen; Staatliche Graphische Sammlung and Neue Pinakothek, Munich; Mamco, Geneva; The Art Institute of Chicago.

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images

Untitled, 2021

Gouache on paper

144,3 × 409 cm (8 parts; 72 x 102 cm each)

Untitled, 2021

Gouache on paper

102 × 144 cm (2 parts, 102 × 72 cm each)

Untitled, 2020

Gouache on paper

80 × 60 cm

Untitled, 2020

Gouache on paper

80 × 60 cm

Untitled, 2020

Gouache on paper

80 × 60 cm

Untitled, 2020

Gouache on paper

62 × 44 cm

Untitled, 2020

Gouache on paper

62 × 44 cm

Untitled, 2020

Gouache on paper

44 × 62 cm

Untitled, 2019

Gouache on paper

44 × 62 cm

cinque, 2020

Plaster, painted with gouache

20 × 12 × 16 cm

sette, 2020

Plaster, painted with gouache

7 × 5 × 10 cm

otto, 2020

Plaster, painted with gouache

17 × 17 × 11 cm

nove, 2020

Plaster, painted with gouache

16,5 × 14 × 10 cm

To have a shelf life (sich nicht ewig halten), 2018

With Eric Hattan

131 found wood sections and black paint (plywood, chipboard, mdf, acrylic)

500 × 1850 × 3 cm

Photo: Installation view at Art Basel | Parcours 2018

Photo: Serge Hasenböhler

Untitled, 2017

Gouache on paper

199,5 × 150,5 cm; 206 × 157 × 5 cm framed

Untitled, 2017

Gouache on paper

77 × 55 cm

Untitled, 2016

Gouache on paper

55 × 75 cm

Untitled, 2017

Gouache on paper

72 × 102 cm

Untitled, 2014

Gouache on paper

134,5 × 106 cm

Untitled, 2013

Gouache on paper

62 × 44 cm

Untitled, 2012

Gouache on paper

62 × 44 cm

Untitled, 2011

Gouache on paper

44 × 31 cm

public exhibitions

Fidelidade Arte

Lisbon, Portugal

2021-09-10

Silvia Bächli: Side facing the wind

26.11.2021

Photo: Bruno Lopes

Fidelidade Arte

Lisbon, Portugal

2021-09-10

Silvia Bächli: Side facing the wind

26.11.2021

Photo: Bruno Lopes

Fidelidade Arte

Lisbon, Portugal

2021-09-10

Silvia Bächli: Side facing the wind

26.11.2021

Photo: Bruno Lopes

LaBF15

Lyon

Interstices

5.2 – 27.3.2021

LaBF15

Lyon

Interstices

5.2 – 27.3.2021

Fondation Beyeler

Basel

Resonating Spaces

6.10.2019 – 26.1.2020

Photo: Serge Hasenböhler

Fondation Beyeler

Basel

Resonating Spaces

6.10.2019 – 26.1.2020

Photo: Serge Hasenböhler

Fondation Beyeler

Basel

Resonating Spaces

6.10.2019 – 26.1.2020

Photo: Serge Hasenböhler

Fondation Beyeler

Basel

Resonating Spaces

6.10.2019 – 26.1.2020

Photo: Serge Hasenböhler

Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe

2019-07-13

Silvia Bächli: shift

29.9.2019

Photo: Bruno Kelzer | kelzer.de © Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

Art Basel 2018 Parcours

Basel

2018-06-14

Silvia Bächli & Eric Hattan: To have a shelf life (sich nicht ewig halten)

17.6.2018

Photo Serge Hasenböhler

Musée Barbier-Mueller

Geneva

Faraway Arts, So Close in Silvia Bächli's Eyes

20.3 – 28.10.2018

Aargauer Kunsthaus

Aarau

Wild Thing

2.12.2017 – 8.4.2018

Photo: Ullmann Photography

Aargauer Kunsthaus

Aarau

Wild Thing

2.12.2017 – 8.4.2018

Photo: Ullmann Photography

press

Räume ausmessen

Niklaus Oberholzer

Journal 21

November 24, 2019

Künstlerin Silvia Bächli bekommt Preis der Sammlung Ricola

Monopol

November 21, 2018

Silvia Bächli, Ana Mendieta, Nazgol Ansarinia | Galleria Raffella Cortese

Rossella Moratto

ATP Diary

May 1, 2016

Der Basler Kulturpreis geht an die Künstlerin Silvia Bächli

Karen N Gerig

TagesWoche

September 24, 2014

Wander Through the Fixed Constellations of Artist Silvia Bächli

Shawn Ghassemitari

HypeArt

July 19, 2021

publications

Resonating Spaces

Theodora Vischer

Hatje Cantz

Berlin

2019

Silvia Bächli: shift

Kirsten Claudi

Kerber Verlag

Berlin

2019

Arts lointains si proches dans le regard de Silvia Bächli

Thierry Barbier-Mueller, Alain-Michel Boyer, Lance Entwistle, Daniel Kurjaković, Laurence Mattet, Floriane Morin, Anne Vanderstraete, Jean-Michel Wilmotte

Musée Barbier-Mueller

Genève

2018

Situer la différence: Silvia Bächli, Eric Hattan

Edited by Jean-Paul Felley and Olivier Kaeser

Les Presses du Réel

Dijon

2017

Silvia Bächli: Brombeeren

Silvia Bächli, Hans Rudolf Reust, Michael Semff

Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König

Köln

2014

far apart – close together

Konrad Bitterli, Jürg Halter, Eva Kuhn, 
Roman Kurzmeyer, Maja Naef, Hans Rudolf Reust, Kristin Schmidt, 
Markus Stegmann, Nadia Veronese, Roland Wäspe and Catherine Pavlovic

Verlag für moderne Kunst

Nürnberg

2012

Studi

Silvia Bächli

Fundacão Serralves

Porto

2007

LIDSCHLAG – How It Looks

Silvia Bächli, Beate Söntgen

Lars Müller Publishers

Baden

2004

video


Side facing the wind

2021

Fidelidade Arte, Lisbon


Silvia Bächli and Eric Hattan at the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

2019

The artists installing "To have a shelf life" at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe


Interview with Silvia Bächli

2013

On the occasion of the artist's solo show at Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

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