14. Febuary 2021
The Argentinian-Swiss painter Vivian Suter’s invitation to the Brücke-Museum marks the first time that the collection will enter into a direct dialogue with a contemporary artist.
The expansive installation presents Suter’s freely suspended canvases together with around 40 paintings and craft objects by the Brücke artists, including the rarely exhibited reverse sides of paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, a tapestry by Erich Heckel, and a carved chess set by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. The works on display from the Brücke-Museum were selected by Suter’s mother, the artist Elisabeth Wild, who died in February. A series of Wild’s precisely composed, small-format collages are also part of the exhibition. This juxtaposition opens up new perspectives on Suter’s works as well as on the museum’s collection.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1949, Suter moved to Switzerland with her parents in the 1960s, where she studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule Basel from 1967 to 1972. Since 1982, the artist has been living on a former coffee plantation on the outskirts of the small town of Panajachel in Guatemala. Her studio there is located in a large garden, which is reminiscent of a tropical jungle with its freely growing palm trees, ferns, and eucalyptus and avocado trees. Inspired by the lush vegetation, Suter paints her large-format canvases with acrylic and oil paint, but also with rainwater and earth. She often works outdoors, where leaves and animals leave their marks on the canvases.
The exhibition extends to the Museum Garden, where Suter’s works will be on display until November. The interplay between art and nature is one of the parallels between Suter’s artistic self-understanding and that of the Brücke protagonists.
The Artist Alina Schmuch has created an atmospheric portrait of the exhibition, which you can find here:
In recent years Vivian Suter had numerous exhibitions, including at Camden Art Centre, London (2020); Tate Liverpool (2019–2020); The High Line, New York (2019–2020); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2019), and Mudam, Luxembourg (2019). This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Germany.
The Brücke-Museum is partner of Berlin Art Week (September 9–13, 2020).
Vivian Suter. Bonzo’s Dream was awarded Special Exhibition 2020 by AICA Germany.
Vivian Suter12 – 13 Sep 2020
- Introduction for teachers 17 Sep 2020
- Public Guided Tour19 Sep 2020
- PLAY! Family workshops26 Sep 2020
- Public Guided Tour26 Sep 2020
- Public Guided Tour3 Oct 2020
- Exchange: Youth and Museum5 Oct 2020
- Exchange: School and Museum8 Oct 2020
- Public Guided Tour10 Oct 2020
- Public Guided Tour11 Oct 2020
- Public Guided Tour17 Oct 2020
- Curator’s Guided Tour17 Oct 2020
- PLAY! Family workshops24 Oct 2020
- Public Guided Tour24 Oct 2020
- Public Guided Tour 25 Oct 2020
- Introduction for teachers 29 Oct 2020
- Public Guided Tour31 Oct 2020
- Re-visited I with Nadira Husain 5 Nov 2020
- Public Guided Tour7 Nov 2020
- Public Guided Tour8 Nov 2020
- Public Guided Tour14 Nov 2020
- PLAY! Family workshops21 Nov 2020
- Public Guided Tour21 Nov 2020
- Public Guided Tour28 Nov 2020
- Public Guided Tour 29 Nov 2020
- PLAY! Family workshops5 Dec 2020
- Public Guided Tour5 Dec 2020
- Public Guided Tour12 Dec 2020
- Public Guided Tour19 Dec 2020
- Public Guided Tour26 Dec 2020
- Public Guided Tour2 Jan 2021
- Public Guided Tour9 Jan 2021
- Curator’s Guided Tour9 Jan 2021
- Public Guided Tour10 Jan 2021
- Public Guided Tour16 Jan 2021
- Re-visited II with Friederike Feldmann 16 Jan 2021
- Public Guided Tour23 Jan 2021
- Public Guided Tour30 Jan 2021
- Public Guided Tour 31 Jan 2021
- PLAY! Family workshops6 Feb 2021
- Public Guided Tour6 Feb 2021
- Public Guided Tour13 Feb 2021
Lisa Marei Schmidt, Curator
Daniela Bystron, Curator of Outreach
Irene Bretscher, Assistant Curator