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silvia bächli

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.

Recent solo exhibitions include: 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 Parcours Art Basel, Basel (2018); Drawing Now, Albertina, Vienna (2015); Biens communs I, acquisitions récentes, Mamco, Musée d‘art moderne et contemporain, Genève (2011); elles@centrepompidou, artistes femmes dans les collections du Centre Pompidou, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2010). She represented Switzerland at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). Bächli’s works are featured in numerous major collections including MoMA, New York; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstmuseum, Basel; Kunstmuseum St.Gallen; Neue Pinakothek, Munich; Mamco, Gèneve; The Art Institute of Chicago.

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images

Resonating Spaces, 2019

Installation view at Fondation Beyeler, Basel

Photo: Serge Hasenböhler

Silvia Bächli: shift, 2019

Installation view at Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

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

Untitled, 2017

Gouache on paper

77 × 55 cm

Untitled, 2016

Gouache on paper

55 × 75 cm

Nähern, 2018

Installation view at Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 1-4, Milano

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Nähern, 2018

Installation view at Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 1-4, Milano

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

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

Installation view at Art Basel 2018 Parcours, Basel

Photo: Serge Hasenböhler

With Eric Hattan

Silvia Bächli & Eric Hattan: Situer la différence, 2017

Installation view at Centre culturel suisse, Paris

Installation view at Faraway Arts, So Close in Silvia Bächli's Eyes, Musée Barbier-Mueller, Geneva, 2017

Photo: Luis Lourenço

Untitled, 2017

Gouache on paper

72 × 102 cm

Untitled, 2013

Gouache on paper

62 × 44 cm

Untitled, 2011

Gouache on paper

44 × 31 cm

Installation view at Avanti, Diventa, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 7, Milan, 2016

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Installation view at Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 1, Milan, 2013

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Installation view at Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 1, Milan, 2013

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Untitled, 2012

62 × 44 cm

Hafnargata leporellos, 2008-2011

4 leporellos, each with 6 fotos out of Hafnargata, Inkjetprint on paper

10,2 × 120 cm

Installation view at Das (to Inger Christensen), 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Swiss Pavilion, Venice, 2009

Installation view at Das (to Inger Christensen), 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Swiss Pavilion, Venice, 2009

public exhibitions

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

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

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