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Vivian Suter

Nisyros (2017) series is one of Vivian Suter's (b. 1949, Buenos Aires) most significant works. Commissioned for Documenta 14 in Athens, the work was acquired by Mudam for its collection in 2018.

Titled after the volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea where Suter painted it, the entire work comprises 20 canvases, painted with luminous colour and an energy that echoes the circumstances of their creation. Made ‘in’ nature at various locations on the island, including the volcanic crater, the cliff edge and on the rooftop of her house overlooking the sea – the paintings bear traces of the elements, reflecting the ambient light and colours in the landscape of Nisyros. The work is intended to be edited and installed according to the space available, be it a simple, open shelter in the park of the Acropolis, as it was first shown in Athens, or in response to the museum space, where they are presented in a configuration in which the visitor walks amongst the paintings as if through the landscape itself.


  1. Vivian Suter Nisyros, 2017

    21 peintures
    Acrylique, huile, pigments et colle de poisson sur toile et papier
    Matière volcanique, terre, matière végétale, microorganismes, bois
    Diverses dimensions
    Dimensions de l’installation variables
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2018
    Vue de l'installation
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi / Mudam Luxembourg

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