Marion Baruch / Self Standing Attitude

Jun 10 – Jul 10, 2022

Sommer Salon is pleased to announce Marion Baruch’s solo exhibition, Self-Standing Attitude, at our gallery space in Zurich during the Zurich Art Weekend on, the 10th of June.Sommer Salon, Theaterstrasse 18, 8001 Zurich At the rooftop apartment.

For this occasion, the renowned Romanian-born, Italy-based artist Marion Baruch has created a site-specific installation for the gallery space, featuring recent fabric sculptures. This exhibition is a window to the 93 years old artist realm of inspiration and a chance to enjoy a unique perspective of a long life experience and creativity.  “Self-Standing Attitude” is the center piece of the exhibition.  This work engages with precarious equilibriums similarly articulated in her seminal work “Etwas Steht für Etwas Anderes” (2018). The fabric remnant, that is being used in many of her works, has no frame and thus generates fragility and lightness. In this case, it shades light on a delicate moment in her 93 years biography. A moment that holds fragility along with strong and unredeemable attitude to life. In another work, Marion demonstrates the spirit of “a believer in the future” as she chooses to title a playful and energetic piece “Heart Attack”.

Since 2013, Marion Baruch has made a major artistic shift by taking an interest in left-overs of fabric and cut-ups from the textile and the ready-to-wear fashion industry. From these materials, she has created sculptures and pictorial artworks that influence and reconstruct the space by their presence.

At the age of 93, the artist and her work are being rediscovered for their true significance. Baruch proposes a feminine, socially engaged work which constantly aims to question its own status, through the use of relational art, installation and sculptures, characterized by political and poetical anti-establishment positions. Her fabric sculptures introduce a dialogue between two immaterial forces: space and memory. She uses dialogue as a form of creation, waste as a potential object, emptiness as a shape of the possible, and mediation as an act of creation. Accordingly, the artist addresses themes related to the body, the production world and resource consumption.

Marion Baruch was born in Timişoara, Romania in 1929, and began her studies at the Bucharest Academy of Arts. She came to Israel in 1950 to study at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and even presented her first solo exhibition in Israel. She then continued her studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Rome and moved to Italy, where she lives and works to this day. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Les Abattoirs, Musée – Frac Occitanie Toulouse, France (2020/21), Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (2020), Magasin des horizons, Grenoble, France (2020), Galerie Urs Meile, Switzerland (2020), La BF15, France (2019), MA*GA, Italy (2018), Artissima Art Fair, Italy (2017), Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, France (2017/20) and Galerie Laurence Bernard, Switzerland (2016/19). Baruch has been included in group exhibitions at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Switzerland (2021), Fondation CAB, France & Belgium (2021), Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (2021), Musée régional d’art contemporain, Sérignan, France (2020), Galerie Urs Meile, Switzerland (2020), Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain de Nice, France (2020), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2019), The 2019 Art & Industry Triennale – Frac Grand Large, France, Centre d’art contemporain, Amilly, France (2018), Contemporary Art Biennale, Muzeul de Art Arad; Muzeul de Artă Timişoara, Romania (2017), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Argentina (2017) and the XXI Triennale di Milano, Design Museum, Italy (2016).