Opening of Swiss Artist Therese Weber’s Solo Exhibition in Yerevan
15.06.2017
13:00
Media Center held a press conference devoted to the opening of solo exhibition titled “Paper-Hand and Mind: Narrations in Art” by Swiss Artist Therese Weber at the National Gallery of Armenia on June 15.


Therese Weber, Swiss Artist, Doctor Christophe Baumer, Cultural Expert and Doctor of Philosophy, Sona Harutyunyan, FoundingPresident of “Cultures in Dialogue” Foundation, Michael Vinand, Publisher, participated in the press conference.

Therese Weber is one of the prominent representatives of modern Swiss art and famous master of Paper Art. This comprehensive exhibition covering more than 50 works is the complex panorama of Therese Weber’s activity during the last 20 years, offering the viewers to get to know the various transformations of technical and artistic approaches of the artist.

The solo exhibition of Therese Weber will be open for a month, from June 15, 2017, to July 15.

Tereze Weber said that the exhibition presents works from different periods of time, which were created with different techniques.

“I want to mention one of the techniques that is not painting or drawing on paper but work with paper raw material, the raw material of Chinese-made equipment. The raw material may also reflect the content of a work of art, have different areas, have different content and meaning, and become the expression of the image,” Weber said. 

Her works combine photography with painting and drawing.

“ All my works are my impressions of different cultures, which I collect, I gather from countries with different cultural backgrounds, where I traveled. I also presented my impressions of Armenia at the exhibition,”  Tereze Weber said who first visited Armenia in 2015.

She admits that she was much impressed by the works of Armenian artists who were introduced at the National Gallery.

 Sona Harutyunyan says that the Dialogue of Cultures Foundation is proud for organizing this exhibition in Armenia.   

“For the first time in the last 25 years, we present here the best master of contemporary Swiss art of paper art. Realizing that not everyone has the opportunity to learn about the current trends in contemporary art in Switzerland and we initiated this exhibition in Armenia,” Harutyunyan says.

Realising how rich Armenia is in artists, particularly in arts, Dialogue of Cultures Foundation initiated this solo exhibition to introduce other art aesthetics to the Armenian artists.

 “Seeing that Armenian contemporary art has hardened and slackened especially because of the fact that there are few flows coming from abroad, we want to introduce to the audience the original, to speak to the artist and discuss with her and reveal the similarities  and the differences between Armenian and Swiss contemporary art,” she says.

A comprehensive 160-page illustration book was published “Wienand” (Cologne) German publishing house specialized in art books publications devoted to “Paper-Hand and Mind: Narrations in Art” exhibition by Tereze Weber. This trilingual publication rich in images presents the chronology of Tereze Weber’s works via  121 reprints, from 1993 to date, including the works exhibited in Yerevan.

Michael Wienand says that he responded enthusiastically to this proposal to publish the illustration book.

“I immediately noticed that her works combine the East and the West, the paper raw material and paper. It is interesting to see that the work is conducted not on the paper but with the paper. It is not about the colors on the paper but the colors in it. The topics are various with the impressions of different cultures,” Wienand says.  

Doctor Christophe Baumer says that Therese Weber is a well-known artist in Switzerland and her art is applied also in urban development.

“Weber has an international recognition and had numerous exhibitions in Germany, France, Japan, the US, Canada and elsewhere. There are three basic elements of her work. First, Tereze Weber works with paper made with her own hands. Second, paper, as in traditional painting, is not a passive medium on which is painted, paper itself is a part of art in her works. Tereze Weber also works frequently with liquid paper, putting the strips on each other, which you can see during the current exhibition. Therefore it can be said that Weber's works are palimpsests,” Baumer said. 

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