Mai-Thu Perret news

Mai-Thu Perret news

Image: Emma Kunz Cosmos - A Visionary in Dialogue with Contemporary Art

Emma Kunz Cosmos - A Visionary in Dialogue with Contemporary Art

Mai-Thu Perret
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland
2 March – 24 May 2021

Living a secluded life far removed from the art scene, Emma Kunz (1892 – 1963) exemplified an expanded concept of art, rejecting the idea of art versus non-art and instead opened it up to a wide range of aspects - research, medicine, natural history and the supernatural, the magical, the visionary. Kunz based her drawings on questions that she drew on graph paper with the use of a pendulum. The exhibition includes around sixty of these drawings, many of which are being shown for the first time. 14 contemporary artists were invited to respond to drawings by Kunz. The work of Mai-Thu Perret plays a key role here, as she takes a drawing represented in the collection as an occasion for formal reduction, abstraction and transformation into the medium of light.

Image: Ice and Fire: A Benefit Exhibition in Three Parts

Ice and Fire: A Benefit Exhibition in Three Parts

Mai-Thu Perret
The Kitchen, New York, NY
November 2020 - January 2021

In advance of The Kitchen’s 50th anniversary in 2021, artists and Kitchen Board Members Wade Guyton and Jacqueline Humphries have curated an exhibition of over fourty donated works. Proceeds from the sale of these works will help make possible essential renovations to The Kitchen-allowing the organisation to remain in the building where it has resided since 1986.

Image: Les Étangs

Les Étangs

Mai-Thu Perret
Le Portique – Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain du Havre, Le Havre, France
24 October – 19 December 2020

Known for her multi-disciplinary practice that engages installation, performance, sculpture, ceramics and textiles, Mai-Thu Perret derives inspiration from a range of twentieth-century avant-garde and radical art movements, including Dada, Constructivism and Bauhaus design. Occupying two floors of Le Portique, Mai-Thu’s solo exhibition Les Étangs is a presentation of new ceramics, patchworks and paper lanterns. Ten large ceramic pieces, evoking leaves of waterlilies, line the floor of the Portico, transforming the space into a vast imaginary body of water.

Image: The Musical Brain

The Musical Brain

Mai-Thu Perret
Various locations on the High Line, New York
April, 2020

The Musical Brain is a group exhibition, including works by Mai-Thu Perret, that reflects on the power music has to bring us together. The exhibition is named after a short story by the Argentine contemporary writer César Aira, and explores the ways that artists use music as a tool to inhabit and understand the world. The featured artists approach music through different lenses—historical, political, performative, and playful—to create new installations and soundscapes installed throughout the park.

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Installation view: Mai-Thu Perret: Grammar and Glamour, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe 2019

Photo: Stephan Baumann, bild_raum

Image: Grammar and Glamour

Grammar and Glamour

Mai-Thu Perret
Badischer-Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
11 July - 15 September, 2019

Opening at the Badischer Kunstverein under the title Grammar and Glamour is the first major solo exhibition in Germany devoted to the Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret. The show features a representative selection of works, with a focus on current projects. Perret works with diverse formats and media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, tapestry, film, performance, and texts.

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Installation View: Mai-Thu Perret, Grammar and Glamour, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2019

Photo credit: Courtesy of Badischer Kunstverein 

Image: Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror

Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror

Mai-Thu Perret
Glasgow International
20 April - 7 October

This group show features works by nine different internationally renowned artists including a new sculpture by Mai-Thu Perret, conceived for the occasion.

Image: Mai-Thu Perret: The Blazing World

Mai-Thu Perret: The Blazing World

Spike Island, Bristol, UK
19 January - 24 March 2019

The Blazing World, Perret’s first major solo exhibition in the UK, explores the subject of witchcraft and the relationship between women’s oppression and the emergence of capitalism. In her immersive installation at Spike Island, a theatrical stage recalls sacred forms of architecture and is punctuated with ritualistic sculptures, puppets and textiles.

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Preview: Friday 18 January, 6–9pm

PerformanceWednesday 20 March, 7–8pm


Image: Mai-Thu Perret

Mai-Thu Perret

MAMCO, Musée d’art modern et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
10 October 2018 – 3 February 2019

MAMCO presents its first major exhibition of works by Mai-Thu Perret following her nomination for the Manor Prize in 2011. This survey show will explore the full scope of the artist’s practice, which embraces disciplines from sculpture to film, ceramics and performance.

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Image: 2018 Paul Boesch Award

2018 Paul Boesch Award

Mai-Thu Perret
Kunstmuseum Bern
22 March 2018

Mai-Thu Perret is the recipient of the Paul Boesch Art Prize 2018. The Paul Boesch Art Prize is awarded annually to an artist in the field of visual arts. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, 22 March at the Kunstmuseum Bern.

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Image: Mai-Thu Perret, Les guérillères XI, 2016

Photo credit: © Marieluise Hessel Collection of Contemporary Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Photography: Annik Wetterv

Image: Swiss Institute Contemporary Art New New York

Swiss Institute Contemporary Art New New York

Artist Tribute 2017: Mai-Thu Perret
9 November 2017

Swiss Institute's 38 St. Marks Benefit honors Mai-Thu Perret on Thursday 9 November 2017.

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