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Watercontainers

Paxmal reloaded

Cultural Encroachment

Destruction of mammals

Wasserbrüste

Hysterias

Geschlechterkampf

Fixer

Fixer

Sphinx V.
brustbombe
red cyborg  coloured bears
silverbosom

Biography/Work

1960 Born in Aarau, Switzerland 1976 - 1980 Kunstgewerbeschule Bern, Switzerland, training as a sculptor 1984 - 1987 Working in the own studio at «Alten Spinnerei» in Wettingen, Switzerland since 1987 Working in the own studios at Arbeitsgemeinschaft Zürcher Bildhauer in Schlieren , Switzerland 2000 Studio grant at Cité des Arts, Paris, France since 2003 Docent at the Sommerakademie in Marburg, Germany 2006 MAS Master in Advanced Studies Cultural & Gender, ZHdK Zürich, Switzerland 2007 Work year grant in Bangalore, India. 2009 Film Appreciation Course, FTII, Pune, India 2012 Audit Indian Aesthetics, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, Indien 2013 Studio grant at Cité des Arts, Paris 2015 Studio grant at Prinzenallee, Berlin

Lives and works in Zurich and Pune, India

Soloshows14 Gemeinde Geroldswil, Switzerland "Geroldswil Macht Blau" 14 kabinett visarte Zurich, Switzerland "TheBombayParisProject" 10 Kunstkammer, Schlieren, Switzerland "Pax Reloaded" 08 Gallery Sumukha Bangalore, India "Cultural Encroachment" 04 Gallery Tangente Eschen, Principality of Liechtenstein "Vom Krieg vom Mensch von Natur" 04 Gallery Art Felchlin Zurich, Switzerland 03 Lorraine Ogivile Gallery Marburg, Germany "Blauflusszeit" 01 Gallery Art Felchlin Zurich, Switzerland 00 Hotel Saratz Pontresina, Switzerland "Tableau vivant" 00 Gallery Art Felchlin Zurich, Switzerland 98 Gallery Art Felchlin, Zurich, Switzerland 97 Gallery Tangente Eschen, Principality of Liechtenstein "Die Bildhauerin" 94 Presentation of the sculpture "Fixer", Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein 92 Presentation of the sculpture "Fixer", Zurich, Switzerland 91 Gallery Tangente Eschen, Principality of Liechtenstein "Ansichten aus dem Atelier"

Groupshows 15 Gasometer Triesen, Liechtenstein "1. Triennale" 15 Skulptur in Schlieren Switzerland 15 Art Dock, Zürich, Switzerland "Wahnwelt-Wellen" 14 Gallery Weiertal, Winterthur, Switzerland"Yesterday-Tomorrow"12 Kunsthalle Marburg, Germany "Bilderfinden" 11 Grimaldiforum, Monaco "small meets small" 10 Kunstkammer, Schlieren, Switzerland "X-Totale all together now" 10 Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay, India "Changing Skin" 10 Galerie Peripher, Zürich, Switzerland "Strumzentrum" 10 Kantonsspital, Aarau, Switzerland "Blickfeld Körper" 10 Helmhaus Zürich, Switzerland "AZB for ever" 08 Gallery Wiischür Winterthur, Switzerland "Interferenzen" 07 Museum Bickel Walenstadt, Switzerland "Zukunft - gestern und heute" 07 Gallery Skulpturengarten Thierachern Thun, Switzerland 06 Museum Engländerbau Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein "Aus dem Depot" 06 Kantonsschule Wohlen, Switzerland "Westend" 05 Psychiatrische Klinik Münsterlingen, Switzerland "Zwischenräume" 05 Museum Helmhaus Zurich, Switzerland "Schöne Aussicht" 05 Kulturweg Baden/Neuenhof/Wettingen, Switzerland "Landart" 03 2. Skulpturenausstellung Bad Ragaz, Switzerland 02 Gallery Taubenturm Berlin, Germany 02 Gallery Kunstgarten Aarwangen, Switzerland 98 Open space Schlieren, Switzerland "Balance" 98 Gallery Mangisch Zurich, Switzerland "Transmutation" 97 Gallery Marie-Louise Wirth Zurich, Switzerland "Holzwege" 96 Medizinhistorisches Institut der Universität Zurich, Switzerland "Verschattungen" 95 Gallery Kunstgarten Aarwangen, Switzerland "6 von 20" 93 Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland "10 Jahre AZB" 85 Studio Spinnerei Wettingen, Switzerland "Ab Fabrik"

Lecture, Discussion, Symposion 14 Crash Course India, kabinett visarte, Zurich13 Sommerakademie Marburg, Germany, Docent 12 WST Triesen, Liechtenstein, Art and history, project work with students12 Sommerakademie Marburg, Germanyd, Docent11 Sommerakademie Marburg, Germany, Docent 11 Sommerakademie Marburg, Germany, Docent 10 Rathaus Marburg, Germany "Art after Gandhi" Lecture 10 Kunstfilmtage Schaan, Principality of Liechtenstein "Night Dogs" Videoscreen 10 Sommerakademie Marburg, Germany, Docent 10 Alumni Event ZHdK Zurich, Speech about student works 10 Kunstkammer, Schlieren, Switzerland "Lilian Hasler spricht" Lecture 10 Cafe des Arts, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland "Skulptur im öffenltichen Raum" Discussion 09 Sommerakademie Marburg, Germany, Docent 08 Sommerakademie Marburg, Germany, Docent 08 Kunstacademie Mysor, India, "Slideshow about my work" Lecture 07 Sommerakademie Marburg, Germany, Docent 07 Kunstraum Engländerbau, Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein "Kunst und Oeffentlichkeit" Discussion 06 Sommerakademie Marburg, Germany, Docent 05 Sommerakademie Marburg, Germany, Docent 04 Kunstraum Engländerbau, Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein "Skulptur oder Plastik?" Discussion 04 Aua Viva, Disentis, Switzerland "Berührungen" Symposion 03 Sommerakademie Marburg, Germany, Docent 03 Skulptur Werkstatt Dielsdorf, Switzerland Symposion 02 3. Bildhauersymposion "Steine ohne Grenzen" Berlin Brandenburg, Germany Symposion 02 ARUD Zürich, Switzerland "Der Fixer ist zurück" Speech 01 Hotel Saratz, Pontresina, Switzerland "Tableau Vivante" Play

Bibliography 13 Dialog/ue, Vaduz 12 Lilian Hasler - Kalidevis Thousand Faces 11 Salon 11 Monaco 10 Marta Jakimowicz Changing Skin 10 Plastisch> 09/10 10 Lilian Hasler - India forever:when fantasies become form 10 AZB for ever 08 Almanach Liechtensteiner KünstlerInnen 08 Lilian Hasler: All about Indian Phantasies 04 Lilian Hasler: Das Kunstbuch 98 Kunstphase Schlieren - Balance 98 Kunst und Gentechnologie - Ein Katalog zur Ausstellung 97 Lilian Hasler Durrer: Die Bildhauerin 93 Arbeitsgemeinschaft Zürcher Bildhauer im Gaswerk Schlieren 88 Rheinzeichen - Ein Katalog zur Ausstellung

Works in open spaces 06 Kantonsschule Wohlen, Switzerland "Destruction of Mammals" 05 Kulturweg Baden/Wettingen, Switzerland "Wasserbrüste" 02 Skulpturenlinie Berlin - Brandenburg, Germany "Der neue Mensch" 02 Gesamtschule Sindelfingen, Germany "Fisch" 98 Stadthaus Schlieren, Switzerland "Venus von Schlieren" 97 Wohnsiedlung Zurich - Höngg, Switzerland "Wässerige Archeologie des Wissens" 83 Bezirksschule Suhr, Switzerland Aussenraumgestaltung "Sonnenuhr"

Grants 15 Atelierstipendium Berlin, Germany13 Atelierstipendium Paris, France 07 Werkjahrstipendium Principality of Liechtenstein 02 Karl Mayer Stiftung, Vaduz 01 Steostiftung, Zurich 00 Atelierstipendium Paris, Principality of Liechtenstein 95 Steostiftung, Zurich


Work

During a long period, Lilian Hasler painted her fibre, wood and stone sculptures mostly blue. While with this the artist naturalized and domesticated her work, she denied the viewer the sensual perception of the bare surface, and thus puts off any discussion or argument on the form and content. The artificial blue of the sculptures was in more radical contrast than the natural effect of the untreated raw material. The colored figures thereby lose their severity, and at the same time don an overdress, in which they seem as a habitant of another star.

Nowaday, her impact is more colourful, even light will be added, if the necessary ask for. This came to her through her experiences and strugglings in India, where she is living and working for 3 years. Her vision of India is in a way a genre by itself. The bulk of her work done in India is a far and wide way of using and appropriating many of her indian discoveries, what for her is a overhelming and for Indians could be a daily toppic.The continuous creation of the superficial figural workgroups is composed in thematic cycles. "Static v/s Synchronicity", "Marked Body", "Hybrid World", "Encroaching Eye". An extensiv use of many unknown techniques and materials as fibre, LED and so on, the daily indian stuff as rangoli powder, diwali lights, bindis and more, gives her the opportunity to creates a unexspected and puzzling work body.

"Geschlechterkampf" (Battle of the sexes), "Domestizierungen" (Domestications), "Rosenkrieger" (War of the roses), and "Hysterias" (Hysterias) are work groups that were formed during the previous years, and in discussions bring to mind questions in the social context. Lilian Hasler is as much interested in the process of development of the technical structure, as the communicative exchange which these sculptures activate. In producing the work of art she acknowledges subversively the challenge of the social conditions exactly as the capitalistic market conditions. Beyond the scope of the individual sculpture, she also practices installative sites of group figures and abstract forms to make a thematic statement. She has developed this for conceptual and process-oriented sculpting.

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Paxmal Original
Pax 1 Bouncy
Pax Bouncy Simbols

Paxmal reloaded

Pax reloaded: part one

The Bickel Museum at Walenstadt, Switzerland, invited a group of artists to realize an artwork from Oct.,5 to Nov,18 of the current year. The proposed subject was "future - yesterday and today" .

Karl Bickel, founder of the Bickel Museum, was a Swiss sculptor of 20th century, who settled in the mountains overlooking the lake of Walen. He erected there with his own hands the "Paxmal" , a big stone monument calling for peace.

My artwork aimed at the Bickel Museum consists of an inflatable sculpture made of pvc, measuring 12/16/12 feet. It makes a reference to Bickels intention of synthesis of positive human spirit, transferring the work from the static stonework to an airy form which reflects the change of times. On the sidewalls I' ve printed different religious and political symbols. Bickel covered his walls with mosaicked pictures which represent the human spirit and its aspiration. With my printed symbols I' m referring to a contemporary discourse about religion and politics and their influence on human life.


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Encroaching Eye

Cultural Encroachment

This Project was created during my one year stay in India and was first showed at the Sumukha gallery, Bangalore. My directed European view with which I had initially captured different colours and fragrances, chaos and unknown has changed, and other, unexpected views have developed. Suddenly, I' ve paid attention to the intervening spaces, which have opened up in the Bangalorean urban areas. Empty places are for the time being rare, and appear as fast overgrown with slum huts, filled with waste materials and new commercial buildings. Encroachment becomes a familiar concept, as it is used for many self-expanding activities in the constantly growing daily city life and also meant as the illegal spreading of new dimensions in an existing structure. The bamboo scaffolds, which precariously clasp the new buildings and serve as frames for new constructions, fascinate me. This stark constructions, which seem fragil and absolutely bricoliert, include on the other hand a very rhythmic structuring, which gives an impression of stability and rationality. For this exhibition, I' ve built a bamboo scaffold in a precarious manner and put red and blue light tubes on the bamboo sticks. Thus evoking an Indian night mood. I' ve also sculpted a big eye, named as "Encroaching Eye" , which refers to the directed view and the encroaching ideas of my Indian experiences.


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Destruction of Mammals

I have presented this work for the first time in a sculpture exhibition on a science college area in Wohlen, Switzerland. A wood construction of dimension 16' /9' /16' feet built in precarious manner is the support and casing for two pieces of work which are suspended and one fixed on the stage.

The installation, put up in the precincts of the science classroom of the college, questions the design/development of the concept of sexuality of mammals. It intends to analyze our language, which is our intermediary for all understanding and recognition, for its biased content. This is because in English, French and Italian, the mammals are connoted in a very noticeably sexual manner by the significants Mammal, Mamifères and Mammiferos.

With its inscribed motherliness, the work treads on a dialog, and opens up the arena of conflict.


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wasserbrüste
wasserbrust wasserbrustmodell

Wasserbrüste (Water Breasts)

This work was anchored in August 2005 in the project Kulturweg Baden/Wettingen, Switzerland, near the old wood bridge in Baden at the river Limmat. "Water breasts" are 2 floating globes with nipples, made of fibre, and anchored in the riverbed with steel cable. There they rotated incessantly on their own axis in the crosscurrents caused by the constructions on the river. They are alienated from their accompanying body and flung into the river water, to emerge as a new identity. Their sturdy nature is removed by the ironical design that it acquires through the artificial surface and the abstract, compact form. I have adopted femininity-connoted symbols in making these, and accomplished an unexpected merging in an apparently familiar environment through the transfer to nature - cityscape. The dancing breasts have been installed here as a new icon, bouncing gaily and relentlessly on the water.


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Hysterias

I sculpted "Hysterias" in summer 2005 for a sculpture exhibition in the psychiatric clinic in Munsterlingen, Switzerland. The figures stretch their limbs ecstatically and exalted and freeze in gorgeous poses. The models for this work were the photos of the female patients of the psychiatric clinic Salpêtrière in Paris in the 19th century. These women, who were made to pose in these peculiar positions by the leading doctor Charcot in his passion for development of medicine, obliged willingly and passionately. They served as a show of feminine expression to makers of images and as an idea for hysteria, and have kept psychoanalysis busy till today with this theme.


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Geschlechterkampf (The Battle of the Sexes)

Contains works of various work cycles, which deal with the topic of sexuality and the gender aspect in the social context. It mostly consists of couples that look stoically at the landscape and seldom get involved in conflicts. Under this, now and then appear men on their own and also clubbed in groups, women in twosomes and children alone. I have been working on this theme since 1994.


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Fixer

Fixer (Junkie)

In the year 1991, I had designed a commemorative work in the context of the unsustainable situation on the Zurich Platzspitz, worldwide called "Needle Park" , titled "Fixer" . It was carved in crystalline marble and measures 10' /2.5' /2.5' feet. The sculpture had been put up on the occasion of a demonstration in autumn 1991 on the Zurich Platzspitz, and had in turn caused quite a sensation. On the suggestion of the cultural advisory committee of the princely Liechtenstein Government, the figure had been placed in Vaduz in 1993, and there too it gave reason for great excitement. It has been removed multiple times and at last placed in a landfill site, whereafter it received temporary asylum by a retired Liechtenstein frontier guard. Subsequently, a private collector from Winterthur purchased the sculpture and in 2003, loaned it to ARUD, an organization who provides the safe using of drugs, to place it briefly again on the Zurich Platzspitz as part of their 10th anniversary celebration. Today, the Fixer stands in a private park in Winterthur.


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