Miriam Cahn, invited by Something you should know. Artistes et producteurs aujourd'hui
Miriam Cahn’s work emerged from a compelling physical experience instilled by the performative happenings of the 70s and is heavily influenced by the feminist movement of the 1960s. First structured around performances, large black charcoal drawings and interventions in the street (for which she was arrested in Basel), her practice grew to include films, music, photography and the medium for which she is perhaps best known—painting. Cahn’s paintings are uncommon and immediately recognisable: an extraordinary colorist, she uses vivid pink, violet and blue to represent ghostly silhouettes, faces and animals. Cahn works in series, some of which are related to political issues, for instance her series of works on Sarajevo or the Iraq war.
Miriam Cahn (b. 1949, Switzerland) lives and works in Bergell (GR), Switzerland. Her works are included in the collections of museums all over the world, significant solo exhibitions have been held at the Kunsthalle of Basel, Musée la Chaux-de-Fonds, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Haus am Waldsee in Berlin, Kunsthaus of Zurich, Kunstverein of Hanover, Musée Rath of Geneva, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Tate Gallery in London, Museum of Modern Art of New York, Cornerhouse in Manchester. More recently she has shown at David Roberts Art Foundation London(2011), at the Wako Words of Art Tokyo (2012), and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (2013). She was included in Documenta 7 in 1982 and represented Switzerland at the 41st Venice
Biennial, in 1984.
Her largest solo exhibition in France has opened at the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris (until Dec 14) and the Jocelyn Wolff gallery in Paris is opening a show of hers on Nov 15.