Klodin Erb

Art, Exhibition, Roma

Opening 23.03.2023
Entrance: via Ludovisi 48

Art, Exhibition

Opening 23.03.2023
Entrance: via Ludovisi 48

A different kind of furs – this is the title of Klodin Erb’s first solo exhibition in Italy, developed for the spaces of Istituto Svizzero in Rome. Since the late ‘90s, Klodin Erb’s artistic practice revolves around the medium of painting in a free and experimental form. Her body of work, including paintings, objects, installations, and videos, question the limits and possibilities of painting in a unique way. For Klodin Erb, who has been awarded the prestigious Prix Meret Oppenheim in 2022, the concept of fur (whether it is real or fake) is linked to all the associations that go with it – she thinks not only of animal fur, but also of the sexual connotations of fur, of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novella Venus in Furs or the namesake song by the Velvet Underground in 1967. As a site-specific display of new and existing works, the exhibition lets us enter the fantastic, wild, sensual, gentle and irresistible universe of Klodin Erb and gives an overview of her artistic work of the last three decades.

The exhibition is accompanied by an artist book, published in collaboration with Mousse Publishing, designed by Teo Schifferli and with contributions from Yasmin Afschar, Jacqueline Burckhardt, Gioia Dal Molin, Kadiatou Diallo, Dorothee Elmiger, Hayat Erdoğan, Tobi Müller, Filipa Ramos, Michele Robecchi, Adam Szymczyk, and Julian Zigerli.

Curated by Gioia Dal Molin.

Opening: 23.03.2023 H18:00-20:00

Istituto Svizzero
Via Ludovisi 48, Rome
Free entry

Klodin Erb (b. 1963 in Winterthur, Switzerland, lives and works in Zurich) is one of the most renowned current Swiss painters. In her expressive, fantastic pictorial worlds, she explores the boundaries of painting and simultaneously questions definitions of gender and identity. In an effort to combine topicality and timelessness in her paintings, the artist uses various techniques to ‘sample’ borrowings from art history with motifs from the contemporary world. Klodin Erb lives and works in Zurich and is a lecturer at the Department of Design & Art at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Her works are represented in numerous public and private collections worldwide, amongst others at the Kunstmuseum Bern; Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen; Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel and many private collections. Recently she had important solo exhibitions at the Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel and Gluri Suter Huus in Wettingen, near Zurich, Helvetia Art Foyer, Basel; and was included in group exhibitions, amongst others Veh Landschaften, Talmuseum St. Antönien, Switzerland, Die Augen der Bilder – Porträts von Fragonard bis Dumas, Museum Langmatt, Baden and Docking Station, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau.

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