Heidi Bucher

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Heidi Bucher
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Adelheid Hildegard Müller[1]

1926 (1926)
Winterthur, Switzerland
Died1993 (aged 66–67)
Brunnen, Switzerland
EducationSchool for the Applied Arts in Zurich
Known forSculpture
Spouse(s)Carl Bucher 1960 ending in divorce in the early 1970s[1]
La chute de l'espoir, fiber, wood, glue, acrylic, 117 x 60 x 68 cm, 1986

Heidi Bucher (1926–1993) was a Swiss artist interested in exploring architectural space and the body through sculpture. She was born in Winterthur, Switzerland and attended the School for the Applied Arts in Zurich.[2] Her work dealt primarily with private spaces, the body, domestication, and individual and collective experiences.

Early work[edit]

Bucher's early work was mainly focused on the body. In the early 1970s, she moved to Los Angeles. While there, she collaborated with her then-husband Carl Bucher on Landings to Wear and Bodyshells. The large-scale, wearable works blurred the boundary between sculpture and apparel, and they were featured on the cover of Harper's Bazaar.[3] An 8mm film shows the oversized foam "Bodyshells" in action on Venice Beach.[4] They were showcased in an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now the Museum of Art and Design) in New York City and exhibited at LACMA in April 1972.[5]

Later work[edit]

Bucher became more interested in the body's relationship to space in her later work. In the mid-1970s she began experimenting with a new technique, in which she soaked gauze sheets in latex rubber, and used them to cast the interior surfaces of the rooms of her grandparents' house in Winterthur, Switzerland. These were then pulled off in sheets to create thin, skin-like casts of the space;[6] she referred to these casts as "Skinnings."[2] In 2017, she was selected to be part of the main exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale, VIVA ARTE VIVA.[7]

Selected Solo Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2018: Heidi Bucher, Parasol Unit, London, UK
  • 2016: Hommage à Heidi Bucher und Carl Bucher, Kulturort Galerie Weiertal, Winterthur, CH
  • 2014: Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York, USA
  • 2014: Alexander Gray Associates, New York, USA
  • 2013: Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich, CH
  • 2013: Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France
  • 2013: The Approach, London, UK
  • 2004: Heidi Bucher – Mother of Pearl, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, CH
  • 1995: Kunsthaus / Barlach Halle K, Hamburg, DE
  • 1993: Villa Bleuler, Galerie im Weissen Haus, Winterthur, CH
  • 1993: Und ziehen das Gestern ins Heute: Die Häute aus dem Bellevue Projekt, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, CH
  • 1983: Hauträume, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, CH
  • 1981: Räume sind Hüllen sind Häute, Galerie Maeght, Zurich, CH
  • 1979: Parketthaut / Herrenzimmer / Mobili, Galerie Maeght, Zurich, CH
  • 1979: L‘Objet préféré de l‘artiste, Galerie Numaga, Auvernier, CH
  • 1977: Einbalsamierungen, Borg, Galerie Maeght, Zurich, CH
  • 1973: Bodywrappings, Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • 1972: Bodyshells, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, USA
  • 1971: Soft Sculptures to wear, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (Happenings in conjunction with solo shows by Carl Bucher), New York, NY, USA
  • 1971: Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal (Happenings in conjunction with solo shows by Carl Bucher), CDN
  • 1958: Silkcollage, World House Galleries, New York, NY, USA
  • 1956: Collagen, Galerie Suzanne Feigel, Basel, CH


  1. ^ a b "Heidi Bucher Biography". Heidi Bucher. The Estate of Heidi Bucher. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Estate of Heidi Bucher". Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  3. ^ Bülow, Ane. "Heidi Bucher at Freymond-Guth (review)". Recent Future Archive. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  4. ^ "YouTube - Bodyshells by Heidi Bucher". youtube.com. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  5. ^ http://prod-images.exhibit-e.com/www_alexandergray_com/Bucher_Los_Angeles_Times_4_26_1972.pdf
  6. ^ "Heidi Bucher". frieze.com. Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  7. ^ "La Biennale di Venezia - Artists". www.labiennale.org. Archived from the original on 29 June 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.