Home is the title of the first solo exhibition in an Italian museum by Vivian Suter (Buenos Aires, 1949), curated by Lorenzo Giusti. Part of the schedule of events of Bergamo Brescia Italian Capital of Culture, the exhibition brings together almost 200 canvases made by artist during different stages of his production.
Daughter of the Austrian-born artist Elisabeth Wild (1922-2020) and of a Swiss industrialist who emigrated to Argentina, Vivian Suter lived for a long time on the margins of the art system, until, in recent times, her work was not rediscovered, to the point of establishing itself as one of the most significant and original contributions to the history of painting of the last forty years.
Trained at the Basel Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1980s, following a long journey to the southern hemisphere, Suter settled in Guatemala, on the shores of Lake Atitlán. Since then his work has developed through an ever closer exchange with the elements of the extraordinary natural and anthropological context in which his home-studio in Panajachel is inserted, between indigenous communities, rainforests and volcanic peaks.
Open to the infinite possibilities of chance, Vivian Suter's canvases – soiled by the wind, rain, mud or small forest organisms – tell of the intimate bond that keeps them united to the vital forces of the environment from which they spring. Nature intervenes as co-author of her works, which appear as a spontaneous grafting of shapes and colors that recall the tangle of lights in the forest, as well as the glimpses of the landscape framed by the windows of her home, in a continuous cross-reference between inside and outside .