Innovative and influential Swiss designer and artist Janette Laverrière turns 100 this year.
With the exhibition ‘Entre deux actes – Loge de comédienne’ the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden presents examples of Janette Laverrière´s work together with spacial installations from the 1960s until today, which as well as Janette´s work represent an artistic discussion with topics such as design and private living spaces. Among them Fischli & Weiss, Martin Kippenberger, Carlo Molino, Cosima von Bonin, Tobias Rehberger.
Born in 1909 in Switzerland, Janette Laverrière studied in Basel at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule, where she learned the fundamentals of drawing and decoration. After training in her father’s architecture practice, she designed her first pieces of furniture in the late 1920s and until 1945 collaborated on designs with her first husband, Maurice Pré. Involved in politics all of her life, Laverrière joined the Communist Party in 1945. Since then she has designed rooms, affordable furniture and “useless” objects. She began making mirrors in 1936—an interest that has continued throughout her career. From Laverrière’s earliest work on, her close study of the objects of domestic life has frequently led her to create works of art at a far remove from mere functionality and unencumbered by the wishes of her clients.
The exhibition will be open until 10 October 2009.