“Rayko Alexiev” Gallery
‘Paper – Hand and Mind. Narrations in Art’
14 May – 7 June 2019
The artist Therese Weber, the Ambassador of Switzerland to Bulgaria, Mrs. Muriel Berset Kohen, Mr. Anton Staykov, Vicepresident of UBA and Dr. Christoph Baumer (Switzerland) will participate at the official opening of the exhibition May 14th at 5:30pm.
The Union of Bulgarian Artists UBA, under the patronage of the Embassy of Switzerland in Bulgaria, presents the large scale solo exhibition ‘Paper – Hand and Mind. Narrations in Art’ of the Swiss artist Therese Weber at the Rayko Alexiev Gallery, from May 14th to June 7rd, 2019.
Therese Weber is one of the most important protagonists of ‘Paper Art’ and an acclaimed representative of the contemporary Swiss art scene. Based on her artistic research on paper, its creation and its tradition, at present time she is mainly active in the field of pulp painting: For her works, Therese Weber creates her artwork from coloured pulp (natural fibre) by pouring and forming handmade paper, and combines this as her particular creative medium with drawings, prints and photography to explore new dimensions. Showcasing more than 50 works, this comprehensive exhibition offers a complex and varied panorama of her oeuvre, and also of different techniques and approaches she used during the last 25 years. Therese Weber has been doing research for many years in Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and in 2018 for the first time in the Balkan region. The exhibition in Sofia presents Therese Weber’s works to the Bulgarian audience for the first time.
Besides being a freelance artist, Therese Weber was till 2018 Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). Additionally, she is active as an author of scientific research books. and as an acknowledged lecturer addressing paper as a means of language and also paper’s cultural relevance. Her art works can be seen in international exhibitions and museums as well as in public institutions and private collections. In 2005, she was awarded the Art Prize of the 9th International Paper Art Biennial (Leopold-Hoesch.Museum, Düren, Germany).
It is of great interest for UBA to cooperate with the Swiss artist Therese Weber in this prestigious project. It gives us the possibility to present outstanding contemporary Swiss art for the second time to the Bulgarian audience after Nils Nova in 2017. Last year, parts of the exhibition of Therese Weber had been successfully presented in the Museum of Modem Art in Tbilisi and in 2017 in the Armenian National Museum in Yerevan. Both exhibitions where greeted with great acclaim and interest.
It is the intention to introduce and invite artists, art lovers and all visitors of this exhibition in Bulgaria to Therese Weber’s artistic approach, her visions and artistic projects, also to meet an interesting and fascinating artist and to start with her a dialogue. A possibility to deepen this dialogue with the artist are the opening on May 14th, 2019 at 6 pm and in the Museums Night May 18th, from 8pm to 11pm.
A comprehensive 160 pages richly illustrated catalogue published by the German publisher Wienand, Cologne will be available during the exhibition. It presents a detailed insight into Therese Weber’s works dating from 1993 to today on the basis of 121 illustrations including artworks exhibited in Bulgaria. The reader is given the possibility to discover the art works and the artist based on the essays by the art historian Sona Harutyunyan, by the former director of the Leopold Hoesch Museum in Düren, Germany, Dr. Dorothea Eimert, by the historian and cultural researcher Dr. Christoph Baumer and by the artist herself. The authors explain and analyse origins, motives and the background of Therese Weber’s work and her creativity to provide the reader and the visitor with aspects relevant to explore her unique approach to paper, photography, and to her artistic and intercultural dialogue.