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Susanna Niederer: TOKYO HANNA
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Published: May 16 2011

Courtesy of the artist and a piece of space APS
Photo: Bruno Ruttimann

The Swiss artist Susanna Niederer held her solo exhibitions at APS and Gallery Jin in 2009. In 2010, she held a two-man show with Toshiya Kobayashi at the Arte Piazza Bibai in Hokkaido, and this spring she gained great recognition for her solo show at the Art Forum Ute Barth in Zurich. In recent years, she has also actively created public artworks, including a large-scale work installed inside a train station in Zurich. She is also currently working on a project to create an entire garden into her work within a building located in the center of Tokyo.

TOKYO HANNA, which allows us to imagine “the unspoken words of flowers,” invites viewers to a world enveloped within peace and deep tranquility, guided by her core motif of the ellipse, which alludes to the ideas of “absence,” “lack” and “gap.”

Susanna Niederer
Susanna Niederer (born in Basel, Switzerland) studied Romance language and art history at the University of Basel, and then continued her studies at universities in Mexico City and Paris. Her main fields of interest were contemporary art, linguistics, literature, film theory and photography. She visited various Asian countries in 2005, and lived in Japan for half a year in 2006; she has revisited the country many times since. She is currently based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Niederer began pursuing her artistic career around 1990. Ever since, she has exhibited her works in many museums and galleries. Her solo exhibitions held in recent years include Museum Palatine Gallery (Germany, 2009), APS, Gallery Jin (both in Tokyo, 2009), and Art Forum Ute Barth (Zurich), which just ended in May in a great success. She has also been actively involved in public art, including a large-scale work installed inside a train station (Zurich, 2010), and is currently creating an entire garden into her work(Tokyo). Her works in public collections include the City of Basel, Museum Palatine Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery (USA), and many other museums and institutions.

Niederer’s consistent motif of the “ellipse” alludes to the ideas of “absence,” “lack” and “gap.” Her basic idea of “ellipse,” which is inherent in visual, literal, and musical expressions, is that it can open a passage toward a deeper understanding. This is similar to a dialog in which a person tries to find important clues to understand the other person through reading the “ma/intervals” between phrases.

Niederer extends her feelings into the simplest of forms, and then widely opens the door for the viewers to join in. We hope that visitors enjoy Susanna Niederer’s world that is pervaded with inspiring warmth and tranquility, and that each viewer perceives his/her own precious “something” to take home.

* The text provided by a piece of space APS.

Period: May 25 - June 11, 2011
Venue: a piece of space APS
Opening reception: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 17:30 - 19:30

Last Updated on May 25 2011

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