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Alice Boner in India - A Life for Art

  • 23 Sep 2017 - 14 Jan 2018

    The exhibition presents one of the most unusual Swiss female artists of the twentieth century: Alice Boner (1889–1981) spent more than four decades of her life in the Indian city Varanasi, where she worked asan artist, patron of the arts and art historian. The exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the many facets of the life of a woman who was at home in two cultures.

    With the wide-ranging interests and dedication Alice Boner brought to her art, and with her publications and her cooperation with various artists, she changed and promoted the understanding of Indian art in Switzerland and abroad. Her long-lasting association with Museum Rietberg led to the generous donation of her collection of Indian sculptures and miniature paintings. This has enabled the museum to continue Alice Boner’s work with the same passion and commitment that she herself showed.

    The exhibition marks the conclusion of the Alice Boner Archives project, which has been running at Museum Rietberg since 2010. Over a period of seven years the project has documented Boner’s entire photographic legacy, her artworks – sketches, drawings, painting and figures – and handwritten documents such as diaries, correspondence and manuscripts, and edited them for further scholarly research.

    After appearances in Mumbai (CSMVS, Nov. 2014 to Feb. 2015), New Delhi (National Museum, Sept. to Oct. 2016) and Varanasi (Bharat Kala Bhavan Feb. to March 2017), the exhibition Alice from Switzerland – A Visionary Artist and Scholar Across Two Continents, curated by Andrea Kuratli and Johannes Beltz, will be coming to Museum Rietberg.

    The exhibition is made possible by the kind support of the Boner Foundation for Art and Culture, Memoriav - Association for the preservation of the audio-visual heritage of Switzerland, Sophie and Karl Binding Foundation, Embassy of Switzerland in India, Consulate General of Switzerland in Mumbai, SWISS International Air Lines, VFS GLOBAL, Monterosa Group, Hitkal Ltd., Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Star Worldwide Group, Dokumentationsbibliothek Davos.

    Park-Villa Rieter

    ‘Indian Painting – Alice Boner Collection’

    In the context of the exhibition ‘Alice Boner in India – A Life for Art’, around sixty works from an extraordinary fund of Indian miniature paintings are on display in the Park-Villa Rieter. Alice Boner began collecting in the late 1930s, integrating the collected works in her own oeuvre and finally passing down a rich collection to the Museum Rietberg. Next to many published works, the display contains miniatures never shown before.

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    MEDIA REVIEWS

    «Alice Boner war Bildhauerin, Fotografin und Indologin»
    (Zürich, 2.11.2017)

    «Zürcherin am Ganges»
    (Tagblatt der Stadt Zürich, 18.10.2017)

    «Werk im Alice-Boner-Nachlass entdeckt»
    (Davoser Zeitung, 13.10.2017)

    «Eine Frau im indischen "Glücksasyl"»
    (Der Landbote, 10.10.2017)

    «Meine Wahl»
    (Züritipp, 5.10.2017)

    «Unterwegs in zwei Kulturen»
    (Zeitlupe, 1.10.2017)

    «Faszinierend»
    (Das ideale Heim, 1.10.2017)

    «Alice Boner in Indien – Ein Leben für die Kunst»
    (Kultur Online, 24.9.2017)

    «Alice Boner – Fernweh gefällig?»
    (Tages-Anzeiger, 21.9.2017)

    «Alice Boner en Inde»
    (Le Temps, 21.9.2017)

    «Varanasi – in Kultur verwandelte Energie»
    (MODULØR, 20.9.2017)

    «Alice Boner – Ein Leben für die Kunst»
    (ostschweizerinnen.ch, 4.8.2017)

     

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