This exhibition will include new, never before exhibited works by the Swiss artist Silvia Bächli and will shed light on both the continuity in her work and the progressive changes in her oeuvre: from the simple studies of body fragments made in black and white to her various interpretations of reticular structure. The exhibition includes works from her presentation at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), as well as a room dedicated to a new series of expansive colour surfaces, or as she defines them “colour fields”.
This will be her first large-scale, institutional exhibition in Spain, to be followed by a solo exhibition at the Kunst Museum Winterthur in Switzerland in May 2024.
Bächli began to develop her drawing practice by working with modest and limited means – sheets of white paper made for printing books of different sizes, qualities and tones – using Indian ink, charcoal, gouache or pastels. The artist takes her body, her movements and the objects around her as a starting point to create mural compositions that function like musical scores made up of fragments, intervals, rhythms and silences. Her approach to drawing is sequential, as she draws on a block of sheets, using one after the other, and arranging constellations of works on the wall of her studio that are consecutively interrogated, rearranged and rejected until she discovers something that seems right and surprising.
Through this exhibition, the Botín Foundation deepens its commitment to the practice of drawing, which began in 2006 with research into the great Spanish masters and continued in 2017 with the exhibition of drawings by Francisco de Goya at the Botín Centre. Today, it continues to be present at Centro Botín covering other regions and contemporary contexts, with examples such as Julie Mehretu, Manolo Millares and Juan Muñoz. In addition, the exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, which will be the artist’s first in Spanish, designed by Manuel Raeder (BOM DIA) and will include newly commissioned texts by poet and critic Quinn Latimer, writer Chris Fite-Wassilak and a conversation between Silvia Bächli and Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, Director of Exhibitions and Collection at Centro Botín.
Curated by Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, Director of Exhibitions and the Collection at Centro Botín