15th September – 12th November 2017


The Marcia Hafif exhibition is created in collaboration with the
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen


Opening: Thursday 14th September, 6.30pm


Press preview: Wednesday 13th September, 11am


See Events for the event and education programme


Marcia Hafif (b.1929, USA, living in New York and Laguna Beach) is among the pioneers of the 1970s who fundamentally broadened con­ceptions of the practice of painting and under­standing of art per se. Since the 1980s, terms like ‘radical’ have been used to describe Hafif’s work with monochrome painting. The pencil on paper drawings, vertical pencil marks cover­ ing a surface, begun in 1972, led to the ver­tical stroke in paint. Her work in both mediums still continues, fitting within what she calls The Inventory. Each series included in The Inventory develops a single medium using tra­ditional methods and materials for making paint and preparing a ground. Individual works in a series can be larger or smaller, and usually are made with vertical brush­strokes, with which the effects of unmixed colours on a suit­able painting ground are sounded out. Works from the series that may be her most radical will be exhibited at the Kunsthaus Baselland: the Black Paintings (1979/80) in which she found black by layering ultramarine blue and burnt umber. There will also be photographs and films on display.


Thursday 14th September, 6.30 pm
Greeting and introduction:
Marina Meijer, President Kunstverein Baselland
Tanya Ward, Press and Cultural Attaché, U.S. Embassy Bern
Esther Roth, Director kulturelles.bl
Ines Goldbach, Director/Curator Kunsthaus Baselland


Marcia Hafif, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, 16th September 2017 – 14th January 2018
Opening Friday 15th September 6.30 pm


Wednesday 25th October, 6 pm
Marcia Hafif. Book launch and talk in the exhibition
With Roland Wäspe, Director of the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, and Ines Goldbach


19.09., 10.10., 7.11., each time at 12.15–12.45 pm
Lunchtime art breaks
With Patricia Hug and Christina Schmitt, Kunsthaus Baselland


19.09., 20.09., 4.10, each time at 4 – 4.45 pm
Teachers’ introductions
With Christina Schmitt. The introductions are free.


Sunday 12th November, 10 am -12.30 pm including break
Finissage. Workshops with artists
Special children’s workshop and parallel workshop for adults on the topic of folding, pinning and colour with the artists Maja Rieder and Katharina Anna Wieser.

Marcia Hafif, Hafif painting Shade Paintings, New York studio 2013