Skip to content

24 January - 22 March 2008
Peter Freeman, Inc. is pleased to present new work by Silvia Bächli in her first exhibition with the gallery. While little shown in the United States, Bächli had two major museum exhibitions in 2007, a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and more recent work at the Museu Serralves in Porto, Portugal. Also in 2007, Bächli was the first recipient of the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Foundation's contemporary drawing prize, and the 2007 Baden-Württemberg prize for fine arts, the Hans-Thoma-Preis.

Working within the limitations of black ink on paper, Bächli presents in her drawings glimpses of physical experience, reduced to line and wash and fragmented into vignettes. The diverse images are grouped together by Bächli to create situations amongst the drawings and between the drawings and the viewer. Basic elements of body and environment make their appearance unencumbered by context – limbs and eyes float free from bodily constraints, tracing movements across paper from one work to another. Bächli arranges these in specific constellations to put forth a quiet panoply of meaning in nuance and gesture.

A native of Switzerland, Bächli lives and works in Basel and Paris, and has exhibited extensively since 1982. In addition to the museum shows in 2007, Bächli has been given one-person exhibitions most recently at Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg (2007); Galerie Nelson, Paris; Akvarellmuseet Skärhamn, Sweden; Galerie Friedrich, Basel; Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva; Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome; and Tarra Warra Museum, Melbourne (all 2006); and the Kunstverein Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen (2005).

A publication with an essay by Maja Naef accompanies the exhibition.