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"Hannah Villiger: Photographic Works"
2001-08-16 until 2001-11-11
Kunsthalle Basel
Basel, , CH

Hannah Villiger: Opening Wednesday, August 15, 7.30 pm Four years after the untimely death of Hannah Villiger, the Kunsthalle Basel will show approximately 60 of her photographic works in an exhibition mounted by Eric Hattan, administrator of the artists estate. Hannah Villiger was a sculptor of images; her works are sculptures and her medium was photography. In the 1970s she produced black-and-white and colour photographs, usually in series, that explored the theme of movement in space: palm leaves in flames, sprinklers, streaks of condensation, boccia balls in flight. These early images have a marked dynamism and thrive on the fact that they spontaneously capture events directly.

In the early 1980s, the artist began using a Polaroid camera to explore her own body. In a solitary and unending dialogue with herself, she took photographs from so close up that the Pola rushed straight at my body. Parallel to the images of her body, she also took photographs of courtyard and roof-top landscapes and the views from her apartments in Basle and Paris. Hannah Villiger treated the city much as she treated her own body: here, a gaze directed at herself, there, a gaze directed away from herself. This concentration on the particular and a simultaneous formal variation are what make Hannah Villiger one of the most outstanding artists of her generation and substantiate her unique artistic reputation both nationally and internationally.

A catalogue raisonné of Hannah Villigers works is published by Scalo Verlag Zürich on the occasion of the exhibition. The 328-page bi-lingual (English/German) publication is edited by Jolanda Bucher / Eric Hattan and contains approximately 150 colour and black-and-white reproductions, plus a full catalogue of 480 works with colour illustrations. SFr. 98.- in book shops / SFr. 68.- at the Kunsthalle during the exhibition period.


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