Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur
Museum d’art dal Grischun Cuira
Museo d’arte dei Grigioni Coira

2013

​Margret Rufener
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14.09. – 17.11.2013

Margret 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.

Margret 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.

At 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.

Margret 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”.

A two-volume catalogue published by Scheidegger & Spiess accompanies the exhibition:
Volume 1: Margret Rufener: Allerlei kleine Blätter (with a text by Stephan Kunz)
Volume 2: Margret Schnyder: Vnà

Opening: Friday, September 13, at 6 pm
Reception and Introduction: Stephan Kunz, Director Bündner Kunstmuseum  

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