Residency Unlimited


2021 | NYC | Artist

Matthias Liechti

Cinema Chairs for 6-Year-Olds & Cold Lights 2019. Velour, polyester fiberglass laminate, aluminum, car paint, 200 x 55 x 70 cm & 2019, chandelier, LED candles (6500k), dimensions variable
Artist Name: Matthias Liechti
Residency Dates: February-April 2020 and October-December 2021
Born: 1988
Hometown: Bern, Switzerland
Lives & Works: Basel, Switzerland

Education: Master in Fine Arts, Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK (2015-2018) Bachelor in Fine Arts, Bern University of the Arts, HKB (2009-2012)

Bio / Statement:

Based on our temporally condensed and spatially layered present, the artist creates model-like scenarios and deviant topoi that invite viewers to a thought experiment. As fantastic catalysts, they lead into a world in which the usual perspective can hardly be applied and in which the boundaries between reality and fiction are dissolved. 

- Deborah Müller, 2019

Solo exhibitions include This happened or maybe it did not. The time is long past and much is forgot., Silicon Malley, Prilly, Switzerland (2020); Kaltes Klares Wasser, Villa Wenkenhof, Riehen, Switzerland (2019); 不着边际 I CANNOT SEE, duo show with Liao Fei, V Space, Shanghai, China (2016); L L L L L L, la rada, Locarno, Switzerland (2015); Room Room Shift, Gallery 42, Cetinje, Montenegro (2013); Das Henne-Ei-Problem, Lokal-int, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland (2013).

His work has been featured in group exhibitions including Galeria Di Berna, Stadtgalerie, Bern, Switzerland (2021); MODE, Riverside Space, Basel, Switzerland (2020); Unreal Estate, HAMLET, Zurich, Switzerland (2020); Plattform19, Centre d‘Art Contemporain, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland (2019); Cantonale, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland (2018); If it‘s Conceivable it‘s Possible, WallRiss, Fribourg, Switzerland (2018); Interval in Space, Osage Gallery, Hongkong, China (2017); Better Ideas for Life, Karlin Studios, Prague, Czech Republic (2016); Old Friends New Ideas, New Ideas Old Friends, Milieu Gallery/Artspace, Bern, Switzerland (2015); and 30 X, Young Swiss Art, Museo d‘Arte Lugano, Switzerland (2014), among others.

Liechti’s work is in the permanent collections of City Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, Canton Bern, Switzerland, Bilder in die Schulen, Basel, Switzerland; The JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection, New York, USA.

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Support: Matthias Liechti's residency is made possible with support from Atelier Mondial Basel (Christoph Merian Stiftung).