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Mireille Gros

Jungle Additions
Mireille Gros' work has been imbued with thoughts of biodiversity, sustainability and recycling for decades. In 1993, she visited West Africa’s last old-growth forest, Taï National Park in the Ivory Coast, for the first time. This stay, and the increased awareness of biodiversity and species mortality left a lasting impression on her and led to her ‘fictional plants’ project, which she continues to the present day. In this cycle of works on different types of paper, Mireille Gros creates new, fictional plants on a daily basis, thus taking an artistic stand against extinction. Further travel scholarships to countries like Mali and China led to a deeper engagement with other cultures, worldviews and philosophies, enriching her artist's work.
Mireille Gros transforms the Cabinet of the Museum Franz Gertsch into a poetic jungle: current works on paper depict imaginary plants, strips of paper wind from the ceiling like lianas and the soundscape transports visitors to the African old growth forest.

While the exhibition in Burgdorf entitled ‘Mireille Gros. Dschungelergänzungen’ focuses entirely on the medium of paper, the larger exhibition ‘Diversity of ARTs. Mireille Gros’ at Kunsthaus Zofingen (07.05.2022-26.06.2022) is broader in scope and encompasses paintings, drawings and videos. Mireille Gros designed the two presentations as complementary individual shows, so a visit to both venues is recommended in order to attain a comprehensive experience of the artist’s work.

Born in 1954 in Aarau and now based in Basel and Paris, Mireille Gros studied at the Basel School of Design with Werner Jehle and Werner von Mutzenbecher from 1977-80 and with Vito Acconci and Hans Haacke at Cooper Union in New York from 1981-82. She has regularly exhibited her work at home and abroad since the late 1970s. Her first major solo exhibition was shown 2001/02 at the Kunstmuseum Bern and the Musée Jenisch in Vevey, and the solo exhibition ‘Ouvrir les archives’ was held in 2014 at the ETH Zurich's Collection of Prints and Drawings. Mireille Gros works in the media of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, video, object and artist's book.
View of the studio
Watercolor plant

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