Since the 1990s, Pia Fries has undisputedly been one of the most important international figures in the field of painting. Born in 1955 in Beromünster, Switzerland, she relocated to Germany in the 1980s to study at the renowned Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Gerhard Richter, where she became one of his master students.
She has since developed an individual, distinctive body of work, which explores the possibilities of painting and space through the medium’s intrinsic materiality. This new, free, and also open concept of painting has earned Pia Fries numerous awards and invitations to renowned exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale, as well as appointments to several professorships.
Alongside works from the 1990s, the exhibition at Kunsthaus Baselland shows her most recent works for the first time in Switzerland. They represent a new artistic milestone for Pia Fries. An accompanying catalog is in the works.
Curated by Ines Goldbach