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The artist distinguished herself particularly through her acclaimed legendary Skinnings, which explored architectural space and the body through sculpture. Bucher's work is characterized by a poetic and transformative approach to notions of private spaces and belongings, architectural fragments, feminism, domestication, and the nature of both individuals and collective experiences and memory. Heidi Bucher’s artistic legacy is concurrently a visionary and aesthetic testimonial, as well as a conceptual liberation from an antiquated and patriarchal weltanschauung.

The seminal nature of Heidi Bucher’s works lies in the fastidious attention paid to the memory of objects, drawing on forms that pre-exist in constructions, floors, and staircases. The artist explores these shapes using textiles and latex in a process she called Häutungen [Skinning], or the peeling off of the ‘skin’ of these architectural bodies, as a way to replicate their image but not their body.

At first glance, Bucher’s work may be understood as the negative image of things that surround us. However, the artist does not see the image as static, but as a moving body. The urgency that Bucher proposes in her language suggests this movement. Her works are like the fingerprints of this moving body. She refers to latex as skin; and the materiality of latex is a sensuous and pivotal expression of both a commitment to memory and the act of letting go by keeping only the pure idea of them through her radical practice.

Heidi Bucher (1926-1993) Switzerland.

Her work is included in numerous museums and private collections worldwide including MOMA Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Kunsthaus Zürich; Kunsthaus Zug;  Kunstmuseum Lucerne; Kunstmuseum Winterthur; Migrosmuseum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich.


School for Applied Arts, Zurich, Taught by Johannes Itten and Max Bill, specialized class Fashion Design, Zürich, Switzerland

Solo Exhibitions
Heidi Bucher. Metamorphoses, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Memory as Architecture, Memory as Skin, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Sublime Geometry, Alma Zevi, Venice, Italy
Die Wässer und Libellenlust, The Approach Gallery, London, UK
The Site of Memory, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY, USA
Heidi Bucher, Parasol Unit, London, UK
Floors: Heidi Bucher and Gordon-Matta Clark, Alma Zevi, Venice, Italy
Ahnenhaus, Fundaziun Not Vital, Ardez, Switzerland
Hommage àHeidi Bucher und Carl Bucher, Kulturort Galerie Weiertal,Winterthur, Switzerland
Heidi Bucher, Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, USA
Heidi Bucher, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, NY, USA
Art Basel Feature with Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Art Basel, CH
Centre Culturel Suisse de Paris, Paris, France
Rooms are skins, are surroundings, The Approach, London, UK
Art Basel Feature, Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Art Basel, Switzerland
Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich, Switzerland
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
Heidi Bucher - Mother of Pearl, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
Kunsthaus / Barlach Halle K, Hamburg, Germany
Villa Bleuler, Galerie im Weissen Haus, Winterthur, Switzerland
Und ziehen das Gestern ins Heute: Die Häute aus dem Bellevue Projekt,Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Switzerland
Räume sind Hüllen sind Häute, Galerie Maeght, Zurich, Switzerland
Parketthaut / Herrenzimmer / Mobili, Galerie Maeght, Zurich, SwitzerlandL‘Objet préféré de l‘artiste, Galerie Numaga, Auvernier, Switzerland
Einbalsamierungen, Borg, Galerie Maeght, Zurich, Switzerland
Bodywrappings, Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Bodyshells, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, USA
Soft Sculptures to wear, Museum of Contemporary Crafts*, New York, NY,USA
Rothmans Art Gallery of Stratford/Toronto*, Canada
Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal*, Canada
*With happenings by Carl Bucher
Silkcollage, World House Galleries, New York, NY, USA
Collagen, Galerie Suzanne Feigel, Basel, Switzerland

Group Exhibitions
Ellis Island, Jewish Museum of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Sublimi Anatomie, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
The House of Fame, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
Positionen, Haus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland
Don Quixote, Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Germany
The Everywhere Studio, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL, USA
WOMENHOUSE, la Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France; National Museum ofWomen in the Arts, Washington, D.C., USA
Viva Art Viva, Arsenale, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
The problem with having a body / is that it always needs to be somewhere, TheApproach, London
20 Years, The Approach, London, UK
No Place Like Home, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Room, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
Room, Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick, UK
Grand Gestures, Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Basel, Switzerland
Honolulu Triennale, Honolulu Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles, USA
Oslo 10, Basel, Switzerland
Frauenpower, Art Dock, Zurich, Switzerland
Artists and Architecture, Variable Dimensions, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris,France
wow! Woven? Entering the (sub)Textiles, KM– Künstlerhaus, Halle fürKunst & Medien, Graz, Austria
Heidi Bucher & Virginia Overton, Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich, Switzerland
Supple Expansions, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles, USA
Monumental Fatigue: Heidi Bucher, Virginia Overton, Magali Reus, YorgosSapountzis, Hannah Weinberge, Freymond Guth, Zurich, Switzerland
Artevida: corpo [body], Fundação Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I Know Not To Know, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
Andrew Roth, New York, NY, USA
Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich, CH
Repertory, One Torino, Palazzo Cavour, Torino, Italy
SLIP, The Approach, London, UK
M Sélection. La collection du Musée Migros d‘art contemporain,Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland
Collection on Display: Heidi Bucher, Thea Djordjadze, Berta Fischer,Loredana Sperini, Katja Strunz, migros museum für gegenwartskunst,Zurich, Switzerland
Collection on Display: Monica Bonvicini, Heidi Bucher, Tom Burr, UrsFischer, Pamela Rosenkranz, Markus Schinwald, Cathy Wilkes, MigrosMuseum für gegen wartskunst, Zurich, CH
My Body is a Cage, Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich, Switzerland
Chairs, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
At Home, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
Disguised, Rotwand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Der schone Schein, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland
abc Art Berlin Contemporary, Galerie Giti Nourbaksch, Berlin, Germany
Sculpture Park, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
It‘s All an Illusion - A Sculpture Project, Migros Museum fürGegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
Mise en Scène, Bex et Arts, Fondation Szilassy, Switzerland
Das Bild hinter dem Bild. Depot der Geheimnisse, Kunstmuseum Olten,Switzerland
Force Sight, Internationale Kunst der Gegenwart, Schloss Preseneck,Neuenstadt, Germany
Passagen Skulptur, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Musée de la Peau, Bex et Arts, Fondation Szilassy, Switzerland
Solitude-Echos, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany
Woher-Wohin, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland
Aufgemöbeltes / Mobili, Kunstraum Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland
Portal, Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
Fabriksaalboden, Kammgarn, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Objekt Kunst ‑ in ausgewählten Beispielen von Dada bis heute, KunsthausZug, Switzerland
Schloss Schlösser Luftschlösser / Herrenzimmer im Baum, Schloss Lenzburg,Switzerland
Muschelobjekte, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland
La femme et l’Art, Trienniale Le Landeron, Switzerland
Herrenzimmer / Ablosrauswegfliegling, Kunstmuseum Winterthur,Switzerland
Hautraum Ahnenhaus, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland
Weich und Plastisch – Soft Art, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland
Türe zum Borg, Kunsthalle Waaghaus, Winterthur, Switzerland
Verletzlich, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland
L’univers d’Aimé Maeght, Maison de la Culture, Rennes, France
1978 Aktualität – Vergangenheit, 3. Biennale der Schweizer Kunst, KunstmuseumWinterthur, Switzerland
Berg – Bergen – Geborgenheit, Kunstmuseum Zug, Switzerland
Galerie Haus 11, Karlsruhe, Germany
Kunstmuseum Winterthur
Frauen sehen Frauen, Kunstkammer zum Strauhof, Zurich, Switzerland
Terre des Hommes, Montréal, Canada
Galerie im Weissen Haus, Winterthur, Switzerland

Centre Pompidou
Hammer Museum
Israel Museum
Kadist Art Foundation
Kunstmuseum Winterthur
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Musée JenischMuseum of Modern Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim

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