Bildserie von 6 Collagen «Colour Studies»
01.01.24 - 31.12.24

past shows:

Extended Studio
Barbara Davi und Nils Nova

Fast eine Skulptur
Objektkunst im Fokus
mit: Roman Signer, Lutz/Guggisberg, Sadhyo Niederberger,
Mahtola Wittmer, Rolf Winnewisser, u.m.
Kornschütte, Luzern

Werkbeiträge - Auszeichnungen
Akku-Kunstplattform, Emmenbrücke

Panart Neuchâtel
L‘art dans la vie
09.04 - 28.05.2022
Neuchâtel Centre Ville

Kunsthalle Luzern
Kuratiert von Corinna Holbein

Barbara Davi
Der Raum als Feld
Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst
01.05. - 13.06.2021

Freitag, 30.04. 17-20 Uhr, Vernissage
Donnerstag, 20.05. 18 Uhr: Die Künstlerin im Gespräch mit Felicity Lunn,
Direktorin Kunsthaus Pasquart
Sonntag, 13.06. 16 Uhr, Finissage

In Transition
05.09. - 26.09.2020
Kunst in der letzten Baumwollspinnerei der Schweiz
Eröffnung: Samstag, 5. September, ab 14 Uhr
Hermann Bühler Areal, Winterthur, Sennhof/Kyburg
6 ½ im Exil – in Kooperation mit OXYD, TART und LOKAL 14

Drawing Lesson
June - September 2020
Museu Moli Paperer de Capellades
08786 Capellades

Walkie Talkie #10
Barbara Davi
«Source», 2020
Museum im Bellpark

12. bis 24. Juli 2020
Hilfiker Kunstprojekte

28. Juni - 5. Juli 2020
Eröffnung: Samstag, 27. Juni, 17 - 22 Uhr
Zitrone Manegg, Zürich

Jahresausstellung Zentralschweizer Kunstschaffen 2019
07.12. 2019 - 09.02.2020
Kunstmuseum Luzern
Vernissage: Freitag, 06.12., 18.30 Uhr
kuratiert von Alexandra Blättler

Barbara Davi
Fragmented Order
Eröffnung: Sonntag, 25. August 2019, 17.00Uhr
Ausstellung: 25. August - 22. September 2019

Kulturteil | Im luftleeren Raum,
Text by Sarah Mühlebach

Ausstellung Barbara Davi: Ein Spiel mit Scherben | Luzerner Zeitung

Abstraktion / Abbild
Edition VFO
Eröffnung: 14. November 2018 ab 18 Uhr
Ausstellung: 14. November 2018 bis 27. Februar 2019
Verein für Originalgrafik
Verena-Conzett-Strasse 7 . 8004 Zürich

Pièce de Résistance
Neubad Galerie Luzern
Vernissage: 9. November 2018, 18.30
Finissage: 14. Dezember 2018, 18.30

hochdorfAteliers und Gäste
Vernissage: Samstag, 6. Oktober 2018 17 Uhr
06.10. bis 04.11.2018
Kunstraum Hermann, Hochdorf

PLAY Kortrijk - City Circuit For Contemporary Art
Kortrijk, Belgien
23. Juni - 11. November 2018


Barbara Davi - Train of Thought

Swiss artist Barbara Davi works primarily with media installations and photo-collages, deploying architectural and geometric shapes and elements. Using wooden slats or a table, lines or a circular shape, light beams or a shadow, Davi’s creates quasi-drawings in space and photo-collages of a magical, almost three-dimensional depth. Her motifs emerge from a sequence of deliberations, from her “train of thought”.

This first monograph on Barbara Davi features her striking work from the past ten years. Around 100 plates in color and black-and-white are complemented by essays on Davi’s way of working in her preferred media.

Barbara Davi
lokal-int, Biel, Bienne
opening: 19. April, 19:00

The little Mach Girl
HANS & FRITZ Contemporary, Barcelona
San Gil 17, Barcelona
30.11.2017 – 26.01.2018

Barbara Davi - Collagen und Fotografien
13. November 2017 - 27. Januar 2018

Barbara Davi - Train of Thought
21. Oktober - 3. Dezember 2017
Kunstmuseum Luzern

Barbara Davi
1. Juli 2017 10:00 - 18:00 Uhr
Altendorfstrasse, Buchs/SG

Jahresausstellung Zentralschweizer Kunstschaffen
10. Dezember 2016 bis 12. Februar 2017
Kunstmuseum Luzern

«Grosse Regionale» Kunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil-Jona
27. November 2016 bis 5. Februar 2017

Barbara Davi - Installation
06.11.2016 - 03.12.2016
St.Karliquai 7, CH - 6004 Luzern

Barbara Davi und Nils Nova
23.06.2016 - 30.07.2016
Hirschmattstrasse 4
CH-6003 Luzern

The Snoring Princess
13.04.2016 - 13.07.2016
Salon Schmitz
Achenerstrasse 28, 50674 Köln

12.12.2015 – 23.01.2016

mit Kunst­werken von:
Bar­bara Davi, Tacita Dean, Peter Freiburghaus, Thomas Galler, Rebekka Gnädinger, Colin Guillemet, Vivian Kasel, Nadja Kirschgarten, Marcin Kokoszyn­ski, Karin Lus­ten­berger, Max Mat­ter, Thierry Per­ri­ard, Dieter Roth, Claude San­doz, Lorenz Olivier Schmid, Diana See­holzer, Andri Stadler, Mar­ian Wijn­vo­ord, Edward Wright

Wo das Sichtbare anfängt. Eine Ausstellung mit Werken von Barbara Davi, Carmela Gander, Monika Müller, Bruno Murer und Christoph Rütimann.
31. Januar bis 29. März 2015
Stadtmühle Willisau

Jahresausstellung Zentralschweizer Kunstschaffen
Ausstellung: 06.12. 2014 - 08.02.2015

Times Heterotopia Trilogy #2:
You Can Only Think about Something if You Think of Something Else

23 August – 26 October 2014
Guangdong Times Museum
Times Rose Garden III, Huangbianbei Road, Baiyun Avenue
Guangzhou, China

With works, performances, architectural interventions by Barbara Davi, Gong Jian, Hu Yun, Li Jinghu, Li Liao, Vladimir Nikolić, Ariel Schlesinger, Ahmet Öğüt, O-Office Architects, Yu Ji, Zhang Xinjun, Zhao Liang, Zhou Zixi; and enacted readings of work by Tehching Hsieh and Yuan Yunfu

Curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai

You Can Only Think About Something if You Think of Something Else was originally a line from the movie In Praise of Love (Éloge de l'amour), in which the director Jean-Luc Godard voiced the conflicting moment of our thinking, through the mouth of his character: One cannot but take reference from some other familiar objects when one is approaching the meaning of a specific one. The title can be taken as a metaphor for the unique situation of Times Museum. Being a concept realized as part of the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, Times Museum was established in a residential neighbourhood as an art institution, and has actively engaged the local residents with something alternative to their quotidian reality. The Museum’s programs, as deviating forms of perception, create heterotopias within an ordinary piece of real estate. The existence of Times Museum acts as a local view of art’s global intervention into the everyday, while the aestheticization of the everyday, such as the uncounted texts and images creatively produced and circulated on the internet, challenges the canons and paradigms of art distribution and interpretation. The reciprocal relation between art and the everyday opens up cohabitant moments for different communities, and sets up temporary sites for rehabilitation for a heterogeneous society.

“There are as many everyday lives as there are places, people and ways of life”, as philosopher and sociologist Henri Lefebvre said, reaffirming that the artistic gesture and strategies of the Everyday as global phenomena do not undermine the particularities that are voiced over individual moments and subjective positions. Artists might not be saddled with theories or philosophy about the Everyday; their responses to the globalization of capital and consumerism stem from their personal experiences. The artists that are presented within You Can Only Think about Something if You Think of Something Else root their practice in rituals of the Everyday as well as those of art; they speak from their own time and space and attempt to reach out for communication by offering their speculative interpretations and enactments. Some of the new works commissioned to respond to the specific spatial and architectural character of Times Museum introduce and invite ordinary objects, activities and rituals of the quotidian into the museum space and its organizational structure. Deriving—but deviating—from the oppositional dogma of institutional critique, these practices hint at a cross-reading between the everyday and art, the individual and the institution, the public and the private, the particularity and the universality. By using archives and actual objects to reproduce possible readings of an artwork according to different periods of time and changes of society, visitors not necessarily informed by art history are encouraged to become active agencies in nurturing their own interpretations. The exhibition area is organised without walls to suggest a space without a single host, where visitors search for their temporal stances in relation to visual experience and imagination in a structure similar to an open street, where artworks can be explored as random street scenes. This setting creates a platform for the artists as invisible actors, to tell their particular stories by turning to their commonality.

As the second episode in the “Times Heterotopia Trilogy”, You Can Only Think about Something if You Think of Something Else is grounded in the architectural characteristics and locality of Times Museum, and aims at simultaneously projecting the scenery of multiple realities and futures. Through experiments in exhibition making, imagining audiences, and discursive production, this Trilogy extends the self-reflexive position of the exhibition A Museum That is Not of 2011 and composes different episodes to explore questions fundamental to contemporary institutional practice, such as “What is a museum?” “How is art perceived?” “What’s the meaning of visiting an exhibition?”