Nives Widauer

Villa Nix

Edited by Dorothee Messmer, Katja Herlach, and Claire Hoffmann

Nives Widauer

Edited by Dorothee Messmer, Katja Herlach, and Claire Hoffmann

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

With Contributions by Damian Christinger, Basil Fahrländer, Sabine Fellner, Katja Herlach, Claire Hoffmann, Susanna Koeberle, Déborah Laks, Dorothee Messmer, Stefanie Steinmann, and Nives Widauer
192 pages | 103 color plates, 19 halftones | 8 1/2 x 10 3/4
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9783858816597 Published February 2020 Not for sale in the UK, Europe, China, and Hong Kong
Nives Widauer: Villa Nix documents Vienna-based Swiss artist Nives Widauer’s ambitious two-part exhibition at the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris and Kunstmuseum Olten in 2020. The Paris show, Antichambre, was a prelude to and incorporated within the larger exhibition Villa Nix at Kunstmuseum Olten, which invited viewers to experience seven different rooms in the imaginary home Widauer created for her art. In visiting the intimate and dense spaces in which Widauer has arranged careful constellations of her works—an antechamber, a garden, an archive, a bedchamber, an unknown room, a loggia, and a gym—viewers simultaneously explore both the physical spaces as well as Widauer’s imaginary mental space. Intensely evocative, the rooms work as mnemonic spaces, rich in historic and cultural connotations.

            A beautifully illustrated retrospective of three decades of work by this important contemporary artist, Nives Widauer: Villa Nix features each room as a chapter, with essays, an email exchange, and a conversation with the artist that reflect the spaces and the artworks they house.
 
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