Art Basel Cities Week

‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ Catalog

September 6 – 12, 2018

Vivian Suter

Untitled, 2018

Ex Cervecería Munich

Artwork

Untitled, 2018
Acrylic paint and pigments on canvas
Dimensions variable

The Argentine-Swiss artist Vivian Suter provides an environmental perspective on painting, mounting her large, unstretched canvases outdoors to be marked and stained by falling leaves, rain, and mud. For her first-ever exhibit in her native Argentina, Suter has created a suite of new paintings that hang unframed from the open-air porch of the former Cervecería Munich. They were made in Guatemala, where the artist works in the scenic lakeside village of Panajachel. Suter actively invites the elements into her practice, working amid the wilderness that surrounds her home and studio and letting her paintings absorb traces from fallen fruit, passing animals, and weather conditions. When finished, she prefers to install the works by suspending them in space, moving between painting and sculpture. Hung from the roof of the old beer hall’s terrace, Suter’s streaked canvases form a permeable membrane between nature and civilization.

Courtesy of Karma International, Zurich and Los Angeles; Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels; House of Gaga, Mexico City; and Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City. Special thanks to Tenaris.

Special thanks to Leonardo Montequín, María Victoria Alí de Neocargo, and Chimene Costas for their support, and to Ex Cervecería Munich for hosting this ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ work.

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Visitor Information

  • Ex Cervecería Munich, Avenida de los Italianos 851, Costanera Sur 
  • Thursday, September 6, through Wednesday, September 12; Monday-Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am-8pm
  • Free entry, no ticket required
  • Also on view at this venue: Pia Camil

Biography

Born 1949 in Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Lives and works in Panajachel, Guatemala

Argentine-Swiss artist Vivian Suter is a contemporary painter best known for allowing natural elements to overtake and shape the artwork. She has been featured in solo exhibitions around the world, including ‘Intrépida, Featuring Elisabeth Wild Fantasías’, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2014); ‘Panajachel’, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles (2015); ‘Lejos’, House of Gaga, Mexico City (2015); and Karma International, Zurich (2015) and Los Angeles (2017). She was included in the following recent group exhibitions: ‘Olinka, or Where Movement is Created’, at the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2013); the Bienal de São Paulo (2014); Documenta 14, Kassel and Athens (2017); and ‘Using Floors, Walls, and Ceilings’, at the Jewish Museum, New York (2017). Upcoming exhibitions include ‘El Basque Interior’ at the Art Institute of Chicago, High Line Art in New York, and at the Power Plant in Toronto.

The artist is represented by Karma International, Zurich and Los Angeles; Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels; House of Gaga, Mexico City; and Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City.