Rufener has been drawing and writing since the 1960s. Even so, until now her
work has not found its way into the general public. It is now being presented
for the first time on a larger scale at the Bündner Kunstmuseum.
Rufener has often considered drawing as a sideline. Time and again other things
were important: For the trained graphic artist book design, for the mother the
family, for the artist the support of her husband Jean-Frédéric Schnyder. Thus
her own work, which she continuously carried out despite everything, has so far
not found its way into the public. It is being presented on a larger scale at
the Bündner Kunstmuseum for the first time.
the centre of Margret Rufener’s work are drawings, which very much arise out of
bodily movement. They reflect life-experience, fathom time and mortality and
search out aesthetic laws governing how people think and feel. Parallel to this
she creates wonderfully poetic texts as script or for books and booklets, which
she publishes herself. For the exhibition the artist has made a precise
selection of works and combined these in ten thematic spaces.
Rufener war born in 1938. Today she lives in Zug. She was trained as a graphic
artist in Basel, worked as a graphic designer at home and abroad. She is responsible
for book designs especially for the Kunstumuseum Bern, for the legendary
Bernese gallerist Toni Gerber as well as for her husband Jean-Frédéric
Schnyder. Today she mainly draws and writes texts, which manifests itself in
the simple title of the exhibition “drawing writing”.
two-volume catalogue published by Scheidegger & Spiess accompanies the
Volume 1: Margret Rufener: Allerlei kleine Blätter (with a text by Stephan
Volume 2: Margret Schnyder: Vnà
Opening: Friday, September 13, at 6 pm
Reception and Introduction: Stephan Kunz, Director Bündner Kunstmuseum