Coinciding with Art Basel 2019, von Bartha Basel announces an exhibition of new works by Swiss artist Karim Noureldin. Running from 11 June – 27 July 2019, the exhibition presents new large-scale drawings, three new textile pieces as well as previously unseen works on paper from the artist’s archive, dating from 1992 - 2015. Marking Noureldin’s fourth solo show at von Bartha, the exhibition demonstrates the development of his signature abstract style across different mediums.
Displaying a fundamental interest in drawing, Noureldin’s work negotiates the intuitive and spatial aspect of this medium to produce the non-figurative, geometric crossings present in his large-scale drawings. Titled Equinox, this series of works lend their name to the exhibition, acting as an entry point to three new, large-scale textile works, handwoven in the increasingly rare ‘Panza technique’ from western India. As an ongoing and on-site collaboration between master weavers and the artist himself, this traditional craft-making process results in unique, floor-based artworks.
A large site-specific installation completes the exhibition. A 2m x 30m wooden mount spans from the entrance area to the main back wall of the gallery, serving as both artwork and platform for small-scale works on paper created between 1992-2015. These unseen archive pieces demonstrate Noureldin’s artistic trajectory, whilst working in a mutual dialogue with his practice and imagery today.
About the artist
Born in 1967, Karim Noureldin currently lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland.
He studied at the University of Art and Design Zurich from 1988-90 and graduated in Fine Arts at the University of Art and Design Basel in 1994. Since 2002, Noureldin has been a professor of Fine Arts at ECAL University of Art and Design, Lausanne. His works have been exhibited in international solo shows including Ribot arte contemporanea, Milan; Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders, Bergisch-Gladbach; Bernhard Knaus Fine Arts, Frankfurt; Centre d'Art Contemporain CACY, Yverdon-les-Bains; Kunst(Zeug)haus, Rapperswil-Jona; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain MAMCO, Geneva; Kunstmuseum Winterthur and Kunsthalle Basel, among others. He participated in numerous group shows in Switzerland and abroad and has been collaborating with key representatives of the Swiss architectural scene, such as Park Architekten, Müller Sigrist Architekten, Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes, Luvo Architekten, and Herzog & De Meuron.
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