Ingeborg Lüscher

Biography of Ingeborg Lüscher

German artist Ingeborg Lüscher (born 1936 in Freiberg, DE) has consistently explored a wide array of media since the 60s. She often employs unconventional material of high symbolic value, hereby evoking the objects ability to retain memory and encapsulate history. An actress in her early career, Lüscher grew up in wartime Berlin where she attained early success as a performer. While filming in Prague in 1968 she experienced the preparations for the imminent Prague Spring which fostered her desires to become an artist.


Lüscher‘s ability to transform has, to this day, remained a leitmotif in her work—a multidisciplinary practice that spans painting, photography, conceptual, video, and installation art. There is a whimsical quality to her work that reveals her affection towards the banal. Themes such as first-time encounters or personal acquaintances are reinvestigated as if to discover the mysterious qualities that lie just beneath the surface of the everyday. If Joseph Beuys believed that everyone is an artist, Lüscher believes everyone has the transformative power of a magician.


Ingeborg Lüscher has been a part of numerous national and international exhibitions since her participation in the 1968 Große Kunstausstellung at the Haus der Kunst in Munich. Her work was presented at documenta 5 and 9 as well as during the Venice Biennale of 1980 and 1990. In 2011, she was awarded the Meret Oppenheim Prize. Lüscher‘s most recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany; and Situation Kunst (for Max Imdahl) Ruhr University, Bochum. An extensive retrospective exhibition is planned at the Kunstmuseum Solothurn for 2016. Lüscher lives and works in Tegna, Ticino, Switzerland.

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