Pipilotti Rist (°1962, Rheintal, Switzerland) lives and works in Zürich. Her video installations combine elements of performance art, poetry, music and sculpture. They encompass the viewer in a total environment. Rist explores the ways in which the different aspects of video alter, transcend and displace our relationship to material reality.
According to Rist, “Art's task is to contribute to evolution, to encourage the mind, to guarantee a detached view of social changes, to conjure up positive energies, to create sensuousness, to reconcile reason and instinct, to research possibilities, and to destroy clichés and prejudices”.
Her aesthetics are inspired by television and advertising and capture our zeitgeist perfectly. She playfully addresses explosive themes like gender and self-determination.
Recent solo exhibitions include: the 51st Venice Biennial, (2005); Magasin III, Stockholm (2007); The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2007); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2009); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2010); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2011); Hayward Gallery, London (2011-2012); Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou (2013); 19th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2014); Kunsthalle Krems (2015); Kunsthaus Zürich (2016); New Museum, New York (2016-2017); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2017-2018).