Silvia Bächli

1956 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Silvia Bächli is an established artist, who originates from Switzerland, like other prominent artists such as Gemis Luciani, Ernesto Schiess, Hanspeter Hofmann, Roger Eberhard, and Jonathan Heyer. Silvia Bächli was born in 1956.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Silvia Bächli's work is on display in 4 galleries around the world, in countries like Spain, the United States, and Germany. Galleries include Maisterravalbuena Galería | Madrid in Spain, Stampa in Switzerland, and Peter Freeman, Inc. in the United States. Silvia Bächli's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition nähern at Galleria Raffaella Cortese in Milan, Italy. The exhibition was open from 18 September 2018 until 22 November 2018. Silvia Bächli's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Solo Exhibition (09 February 2019 - 30 March 2019) at Maisterravalbuena Galería | Madrid in Spain and Group exhibition (13 February 2020 - 21 April 2020) at Stampa in Switzerland. Silvia Bächli's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called nähern and took place at Galleria Raffaella Cortese in Milan, Italy from the 18 September 2018 to 22 November 2018.

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 initial 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 hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a shelter from political instability elsewhere in Europe. Beforehand, Switzerland had originated some quirky and distinctive artists in the Post-Impressionist era of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another essential movement that can be attributed to a Swiss artist was the ‘International Style’ of modernist architecture, pioneered by Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier may 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 independent projects were executed in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for wealthy 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 Silvia Bächli

Born in 1956, Silvia Bächli was largely influenced by the 1970s growing up. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant tensions of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the spacious outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly powerful figures worldwide. New York maintained an influential position in the international art world, ensuring that international artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. The predominantly Italian Arte Povera Movement gained world-wide recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attaining worldwide recognition.

Silvia Bächli

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