Nives Widauer

Nives Widauer

Villa Nix

Strolling atmospheric arrangement: Nives Widauer opens the door to her Villa Nix, presenting her work of three decades



Title Information

Edited by Dorothee Messmer, Katja Herlach, and Claire Hoffmann

1st edition

, 2019

Text English and German


192 pages, 103 color and 9 b/w illustrations

21 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-659-7

In cooperation with Kunstmuseum Olten and the Centre culturel suisse. Paris


Nives Widauer: Villa Nix features a retrospective of Nives Widauer’s oeuvre of three decades. As the title suggests, Nives Widauer created for her art a home that is accessible for visitors, who can delve into and explore her imaginary mental spaces and her physical installations and works. Both the imagined villa’s and the artist’s names are variations of the latin term for snow. In its rooms, Widauer arranges a closely selected constellation of her work, thus creating resonating environments. They work as mnemonic spaces and are at the same time rich in historic and cultural connotations while structuring the book like chapters. Introductory texts and conversations reflect the character of these rooms and the artworks they house.

With contributionas by Damian Christinger, Basil Fahrländer, Sabine Fellner, Katja Herlach, Claire Hoffmann, Susanna Koeberle, Déborah Laks, Dorothee Messmer, Stefanie Steinmann and Nives Widauer.

Authors & Editors

Damian Christinger

Basil Fahrländer

Sabine Fellner

Katja Herlach

, born 1973, graduated in Art History from University of Zürich and is a curator at Kunstmuseum Olten since 2009.

Claire Hoffmann

 is curator of visual arts at Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris.

Susanna Koeberle

Déborah Laks

Dorothee Messmer

, born 1964, studied art history and ethnography at University of Zürich and has done extensive research on Adolf Dietrich. She has been appointed as director of Kunstmuseum Olten in 2012.

Stefanie Steinmann

Nives Widauer