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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/17/2015

Hans Schärer 'Madonnas & Erotic Watercolors' Opens at Swiss Institute

Tuesday, November 17, the Swiss Institute opens the first US solo exhibition of Hans Schärer (1927-1997). This landmark exhibition pairs two of the artist’s most significant bodies of work, the Madonnas and the Erotic Watercolors. In celebration of this fascinating, underappreciated artist, ARTBOOK @ Swiss Institute will be featuring Edizioni Periferia's hard-to-find Hans Scharer. Madonnas & Erotic Watercolors, alongside an assortment of titles on other twentieth century outsider artists.

Hans Schärer 'Madonnas & Erotic Watercolors' Opens at Swiss Institute
ABOVE: "Untitled (Schlittenfahrt)", 1971.

From the late 1960s to the mid 1980s, Schärer painted over 100 paintings entitled Madonna, each featuring the head and body of an isolated figure, often with a framing silhouette around the head and shoulders suggesting long hair, a veil or a cloak. Painted with thick layers of oil paint, and incorporating objects such as stones, hair, shells and keys, the Madonnas are both menacing and mesmerizing – typified by unnerving gazes and prominent, tooth-filled mouths that grimace and gape.

During the same period Schärer painted 150 Erotic Watercolors, which, by contrast, are joyfully carnivalesque scenes in which bodies lustfully cavort and play. In settings that suggest a circus or a garden of earthly delights, sensual, statuesque women gaily take pleasure in their own company and from diminutive male figures. Taken together the two series are complex explorations of faith, spirituality, vitality and eros.

An artist, musician, composer and writer, Schärer was an influential figure in the Swiss art scene of the 1970s and 1980s. In recent years his work has received increased international attention, most prominently in the 55th Venice Biennale's The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, when Cindy Sherman included a suite of Madonnas in her installation.

Almost 20 years after his death, Swiss Institute is thrilled to exhibit these singular bodies of work for the first time to a audiences outside of Europe.

HANS SCHÄRER: MADONNAS AND EROTIC WATERCOLORS
Nov 18 - Feb 07


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Hans Schärer 'Madonnas & Erotic Watercolors' Opens at Swiss Institute
Hans Schärer 'Madonnas & Erotic Watercolors' Opens at Swiss Institute
Hans Schärer 'Madonnas & Erotic Watercolors' Opens at Swiss Institute
Hans Schärer 'Madonnas & Erotic Watercolors' Opens at Swiss Institute
Hans Schärer 'Madonnas & Erotic Watercolors' Opens at Swiss Institute
Hans Schärer 'Madonnas & Erotic Watercolors' Opens at Swiss Institute
Hans Schärer 'Madonnas & Erotic Watercolors' Opens at Swiss Institute