Miriam CAHN

  • Born 1949 in Basel, Switzerland
  • Based in Bergell, Switzerland
  • Photo: kw

Miriam Cahn was part of the generation that, at a young age, witnessed the footage of nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll; influenced by the further historical context of the scientists—predominantly Jewish, like Cahn—who both invented the atom bomb and opposed its use. Cahn has repeatedly painted watercolors taking the discord between the beauty and the ethics of the atom bomb as their theme. Her oil paintings, on the other hand, include a number of themes, such as humans, plants and animals, and architecture, each of which is explored individually. In her images of humans, in particular, people are at times painted in vibrant colors standing motionless against dusky toned landscapes. Cahn’s paintings, which lack the clear, explicit lines used to bring out individual beings, might be understood as hinting toward harmonization or fusion, rather than strict boundaries. They confront their viewers, however, with a cold, salvationless world, questioning the nature of humans under the difficult situations in this era of uncertainty.

Selected Works

21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Art of Equilibrium and Engagement, Sydney, Australia
photographs (solo), WAKO WORKS OF ART, Tokyo, Japan
documenta 14, Learning from Athens, Athens, Greece / Kassel, Germany
miriam cahn - AT EYE LEVEL (solo), Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
körperlich – corporel (solo), Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland
  • das schöne blau
  • 13.5.17
  • Photo: Daniel Martinek
  • Courtesy of WAKO WORKS OF ART