Ulla Wiggen, Magnetiskt Minne, 1968
Ulla Wiggen: Visionary Machineries
Jul 8 – Aug 26, 2023
Galerie Buchholz
Berlin, Germany

Galerie Buchholz presents Visionary Machineries, their second solo exhibition by the Swedish artist Ulla Wiggen (b. 1942). The exhibition brings together new paintings from the artist’s series depicting human irises (2016-ongoing) with a selection of early works from the 1960s.

In 1963, Ulla Wiggen started to make meticulous gouache paintings on gauze depicting electronic components, circuit boards, and the insides of computers. Although rendered with a quasi-objective accuracy and loosely based on real components, her diagrammatic representations are, in fact, fantastical interpretations; from a technical standpoint, the circuits are incoherent and non-functional. A few years later, Wiggen began using acrylic paints on panels and slowly increased the size of her works. But despite these changes in scale and medium, her content remained firmly within the sphere of technological portraiture.

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Ulla Wiggen took part in the landmark 1968 exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity curated by Jasia Reichardt at the ICA London. That same year, she had self-organized the first exhibition of her work at Galerie Prisma ICA London in Stockholm. In the following years she participated in various exhibitions, mainly in Sweden and the Nordic countries, before withdrawing from the art field to focus on her practice as a psychotherapist. The 2012 exhibition at the New Museum, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, was followed by the 2013 exhibition of her 1960s paintings at Moderna Museet, Stockholm. In recent years, she has participated in numerous international group exhibitions, including Electronic Superhighway, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016), The Policemans Beard is Half Constructed: Art and the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Kunstverein, Bonn (2017), Vista View, curated by Caleb Considine, Galerie Buchholz, New York (2019), the 59th Venice Biennale: Milk of Dreams (2022), Worlds of Networks, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2022), Party for Öyvind, Museum Tinguely, Basel and Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum, Stockholm (2022). In February 2024, Ulla Wiggen will have a survey exhibition of her work at Fridericianum in Kassel.

Galerie Buchholz
Berlin, Germany

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