Heidi Bucher

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

This retrospective was not only one of the most compelling exhibitions at the Migros under the directorship of Heike Munder but also a welcome surprise among the more predictable names showing at one museum after another. Unlike other episodes in Munder’s ongoing reexamination of the art of the ’70s, it introduced a body of work that was largely ignored at the time. Although the short period that Bucher lived in California in the early ’70s led to exhibitions at, for example, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, her soft sculptures and process-based practice that recall the work of other pioneering women artists— Eva Hesse, Rebecca Horn, and Ana Mendieta—never found the same critical acclaim when Bucher returned to her native Switzerland.

Here, the sensitive and elegant installation underlined Bucher’s ability to make poetry from the everyday by conveying the experience of being inside a

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