Miriam Cahn

1949 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Miriam Cahn is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from Switzerland, like other prominent artists such as Marck, Fabio Marco Pirovino, Martin Oeggerli, Ms Bastian, and Peter Roesch. Miriam Cahn was born in 1949.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Miriam Cahn's work is on display in two galleries, which are Stampa in Switzerland and Meyer Riegger | Berlin in Germany. Miriam Cahn's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition 70.001 at Galerie Jocelyn Wolff in Paris, France. The exhibition was open from 19 October 2019 until 20 December 2019. Miriam Cahn's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Hot dilute soup (09 January 2019 - 02 March 2019) at Galerie Jocelyn Wolff in Paris and Accrochage (22 February 2020 - 09 April 2020) at Galerie Knoell in Basel. Miriam Cahn's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Hot dilute soup and took place at Galerie Jocelyn Wolff in Paris, France from the 09 January 2019 to 02 March 2019.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most important Swiss contribution to the development of Modernism was the formation of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916. Its founding members included Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Emmy Hennings, and Marcel Janco. Their headquarters, the Cabaret Voltaire, quickly metamorphosed into an significant centre of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a refuge from political instability elsewhere in Europe. precedingly, Switzerland had originated some quirky and extraordinary artists in the Post-Impressionist period of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another key movement that can be attributed to a Swiss artist was the ‘International Style’ of modernist architecture, pioneered by Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier might have become a French citizen in 1930, but he was born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret in the Neuchâtel canton of Switzerland in 1887. Indeed, his first autonomous projects were executed in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for affluent local clients. Key Swiss artists of the twentieth century include Jean Tingely, Alberto Giacometti, John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Further Biographical Context for Miriam Cahn

Born in 1949, Miriam Cahn's creative work was largely influenced by the 1960s. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s represent an extremely influential era which engendered an important number of disruptions and challenged the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would permanently mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, events such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever impact generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society followed, with ground-breaking values and movements evolving in a cradle of inventiveness. Simplicity and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Uninterested in the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly gathering polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. The very first flourishing of Conceptualism was significantly influenced by the simplicity of Minimalism but went further in denying all pre-defined conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to attain, by elevating popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy deeply influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily persuaded by the ideologies of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide fame through their depiction of the human form and the lament often linked to the human condition. worldwide, an important number of art movements resonated with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni initiated Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group embraced similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Miriam Cahn

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