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About

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

CV

Education
1942—1946

School for Applied Arts, Zurich, Taught by Johannes Itten and Max Bill, specialized class Fashion Design, Zurich, Switzerland
Solo Exhibitions
Memory as Architecture, Memory as Skin, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
2019 
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
2018 
Heidi Bucher, Parasol Unit, London, UK
2017 
Floors: Heidi Bucher and Gordon-Matta Clark, Alma Zevi, Venice, Italy
Ahnenhaus, Fundaziun Not Vital, Ardez, Switzerland
2016 
Hommage àHeidi Bucher und Carl Bucher, Kulturort Galerie Weiertal,Winterthur, Switzerland
2014 
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
2013 
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
2007 
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
2004 
Heidi Bucher - Mother of Pearl, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
1995 
Kunsthaus / Barlach Halle K, Hamburg, Germany
1993 
Villa Bleuler, Galerie im Weissen Haus, Winterthur, Switzerland
Und ziehen das Gestern ins Heute: Die Häute aus dem Bellevue Projekt,Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Switzerland
1981 
Räume sind Hüllen sind Häute, Galerie Maeght, Zurich, Switzerland
1979 
Parketthaut / Herrenzimmer / Mobili, Galerie Maeght, Zurich, SwitzerlandL‘Objet préféré de l‘artiste, Galerie Numaga, Auvernier, Switzerland
1977 
Einbalsamierungen, Borg, Galerie Maeght, Zurich, Switzerland
1973 
Bodywrappings, Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
1972 
Bodyshells, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, USA
1971 
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
1958 
Silkcollage, World House Galleries, New York, NY, USA
1956 
Collagen, Galerie Suzanne Feigel, Basel, Switzerland

Group Exhibitions
2019
 
Sublimi Anatomie, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
2018 
The House of Fame, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
Positionen, Haus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland
Don Quixote, Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Germany
2017-18 
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
2017
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
2016
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
2015 
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
2014-15 
Supple Expansions, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles, USA
Monumental Fatigue: Heidi Bucher, Virginia Overton, Magali Reus, YorgosSapountzis, Hannah Weinberge, Freymond Guth, Zurich, Switzerland
2014 
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
2013 
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
2012 
My Body is a Cage, Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich, Switzerland
2011 
Chairs, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
2010 
At Home, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
2008 
Disguised, Rotwand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Der schone Schein, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland
abc Art Berlin Contemporary, Galerie Giti Nourbaksch, Berlin, Germany
2007 
Sculpture Park, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
2004 
It‘s All an Illusion - A Sculpture Project, Migros Museum fürGegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
1993 
Mise en Scène, Bex et Arts, Fondation Szilassy, Switzerland
Das Bild hinter dem Bild. Depot der Geheimnisse, Kunstmuseum Olten,Switzerland
1992 
Force Sight, Internationale Kunst der Gegenwart, Schloss Preseneck,Neuenstadt, Germany
1990 
Passagen Skulptur, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Musée de la Peau, Bex et Arts, Fondation Szilassy, Switzerland
1989
Solitude-Echos, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany
1988 
Woher-Wohin, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland
1986 
Aufgemöbeltes / Mobili, Kunstraum Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland
Portal, Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
Fabriksaalboden, Kammgarn, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
1985 
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
1983 
La femme et l’Art, Trienniale Le Landeron, Switzerland
Herrenzimmer / Ablosrauswegfliegling, Kunstmuseum Winterthur,Switzerland
1981 
Hautraum Ahnenhaus, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland
1980 
Weich und Plastisch – Soft Art, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland
Türe zum Borg, Kunsthalle Waaghaus, Winterthur, Switzerland
1979 
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
1977 
Kunstmuseum Winterthur
1975 
Frauen sehen Frauen, Kunstkammer zum Strauhof, Zurich, Switzerland
Terre des Hommes, Montréal, Canada
1963 
Galerie im Weissen Haus, Winterthur, Switzerland

Collections
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France and San Francisco, USA
Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
Musée Jenisch Vevey, Switzerland
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, NY, USA

Exhibitions
Heidi Bucher Memory as Architecture, Memory as Skin
Heidi Bucher Heidi Bucher: Memory as Architecture, Memory as Skin
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