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Image Credit: Heidi Bucher | Fliegender Hautraum (Flying Skinroom), 1981 |
Installation view from the Ahnenhaus/Obermühle Winterthur
Photograph by Andreas Schwarber
Courtesy the Estate of Heidi Bucher
Image Credit: Heidi Bucher | Fliegender Hautraum (Flying Skinroom), 1981 | Installation view from the Ahnenhaus/Obermühle Winterthur Photograph by Andreas Schwarber Courtesy the Estate of Heidi Bucher

Heidi Bucher’s first major survey exhibition in the UK

Heidi Bucher at Parasol unit

19 September 2018 – 9 December 2018 | Visit website

Parasol unit presents Swiss artist Heidi Bucher’s (1926-1993) first major survey exhibition in the UK. Bringing together a significant body of her enigmatic latex works made during the last two decades of her life, this exhibition also includes screenings of films that document her skinning technique.

Well known for her latex casts of room interiors, objects, clothing and the human body, which she herself referred to as Häutungen (skinnings), Bucher’s process invariably preserved a haunting imprint of an architectural surface or an object which was simultaneously both a physical encapsulation of and a liberation from the memories these things held for her. To create her skinnings, Bucher first covered her chosen surface with gauze, pressed liquid latex into it, then when it was almost dry she peeled it off. Bucher dealt with the body and architecture in the same manner, an indication that these concepts are fully intertwined within her work. Her complex working technique was often physically demanding and carried out with great vigour and conviction.

Curated by Ziba Ardalan, Founder/Director of Parasol unit, the exhibition is accompanied by a tailored programme of educational events and a comprehensive publication.

Parasol unit appreciates the generous support of Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, Henry Moore Foundation, Pro Helvetia, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and Swiss Cultural Fund UK.

Preview: Tuesday 18 September, 6-8 pm at Parasol unit, London.

Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art , 14 Wharf Road, , London N1 7RW

Please see the website for full details.

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