David Roberts Art Foundation
Curated by Vincent Honoré
Till 17 December 2011 

The David Roberts Art Foundation presents the first solo presentation of Miriam Cahn in London. Cahn's work emerged from a compelling physical experience instilled by the performative happenings of the 70s and is influenced by the feminist movement of the 1960s. First structured around performances, charcoal drawings and interventions in the street, her practice grew to include films, music, photography and the medium for which she is perhaps best known—painting. Cahn's paintings are uncommon and immediately recognisable: an extraordinary colorist, she uses vivid colors to represent ghostly silhouettes, faces and animals.

The exhibition opens with the room installation Schlafen (1997), comprising of thirteen paintings of lying figures of different sizes. The second room installation, RAUMICH räumlichich (2010–11) consists of ten portraits. The performative element of Miriam Cahn's work is just as prevalent as her own corporeality and its influence on the formation of her pieces. The body is not only the object of contemplation, but also the medium with which the artist's corporeal images are expressed.

The third room, an installation made of various existing works, includes notebooks with drawings Cahn has never shown, alongside some of her latest paintings and photographs. Connecting the various media she works across—painting, drawing, performance, film, and photography—Cahn sets the works in correspondence with each other in the given space.

By allocating her works into different series she has not only created a private index, dividing the paintings into cycles, but also demarcates direct positions, which—in the whole and especially when they are hung together—interact with each other as autonomous bodies of work.

Miriam Cahn (b. 1949, Switzerland) lives and works in Basel and Bergell, Switzerland. She has had numerous solo exhibitions in European museums and she was included in Documenta 7 in 1982 and represented Switzerland at the 41st Venice Biennial in 1984.

About The David Roberts Art Foundation Limited

The David Roberts Art Foundation: exhibiting, producing, sharing. A platform dedicated to critical dialogues and experiments, directed and curated by Vincent Honoré. The David Roberts Art Foundation Limited is a registered charity in England and Wales (No. 1119738) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (No. 6051439) at 25 Gosfield Street, London, W1W 6HQ. It is proudly supported by the Edinburgh House Estates group of companies.

Sponsor(s) : The exhibition is supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.

David Roberts Art Foundation
111 Great Titchfield Street
London W1W 6RY 
T 44 (0)20 7637 0868 

Opening times: Tuesday–Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 11am–4pm


Image Credits:
Miriam Cahn, Unklar, 1996
Oil on canvas
22.83 x 37.4 inches (58 x 95 cm) 
© the Artist
Courtesy Courtesy of the Artist and Elizabeth Dee, New York 

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