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Miriam Cahn

Miriam Cahn

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Birth 21 July 1949, Basel
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Miriam Cahn (born 1949) is a Swiss painter.


Cahn studied at Gewerbeschule in Basle from 1968 to 1975.

Cahn's work

Cahn's paintings and drawings incorporate feminism themes and female rituals; featuring "violent and shocking representations of sexual organs". They are often created using unorthodox methods. Cahn's first exhibition was Being a Women in My Public Role in 1979. Cahn's first exhibition in the United States was at the Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York City, in 2011. Cahn's work has been said to show influence by the Neo-Expressionism movement.


  • Being a Woman is My Public Role. 1979.
  • Classical Love. 1983.
  • Wild Love. 1984.
  • Relations. 1989/90.
  • Schlafen. 1997.
  • Räumlichich. 2010-11.


Individual Exhibitions

  • Stampa, Basel, 1977, 1979, 1981
  • Wach Raum 1, Konrad Fischer, Zurich, 1982
  • Das Klassische Lieben, Kunsthalle Basel, 1983
  • Das Klassische Lieben, Musée la Chaux-de-Fonds, 1984
  • Das Klassische Lieben, Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna, 1984
  • Das Klassische Lieben, Stampa, Basel, 1984
  • Strategische Orte, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, and Kunstmuseum, Bonn, 1985
  • Strategische Orte, Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zurich, 1985
  • Strategische Orte, DAAD, Berlin, 1986
  • Strategische Orte, Stampa, Basel, 1986
  • Lesen in Staub/Strategische Orte, Galerie Schmela, Dusseldorf, 1987
  • Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, 1987
  • Galerie Vorsetzen, Hamberg, 1987
  • Stampa, Basel, 1987
  • Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zurich, 1988
  • Van de Loo, Munich, 1988
  • Lesen in Staub, Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem, 1988
  • Lesen in Staub, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, 1988
  • Lesen in Staub/Weibliche Monate, Kunstverein Hannover, 1988
  • Musée Rath, Geneva, 1988
  • Verwandschaften, Stampa, Basel, 1990
  • Verwandschaften, Art Frankfurt, 1990
  • Verwandschaften, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 1990
  • Verwandschaften, Galerie Espace, Amsterdam, 1991
  • Nachkrieg-Vorkrieg (Was Fehlt), Stampe, Basel, 1992
  • Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, 1992, 1995
  • Sarajevo, Stampa, Basel, 1993
  • Stampa, Basel, 1994

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Feministische Kunst International, Frauenzimmer, Basel, 1979
  • Documenta, Kassel, Germany, 1982
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1984
  • Crosscurrents in Swiss Art, Serpentine Gallery, London, 1984
  • Biennial, Sydney, 1986
  • Triennal de Dibuix, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, 1989
  • Zur Sache Selbst, Künstlerinnen des 20. Jahrhunderts Museum, Wiesbaden, 1990
  • Centre d'Art Contemporian, Geneva, 1994
  • From Beyond the Pale, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 1994
  • Where Is Abel, Thy Brother? National Gallery of Contemporary Art Zacheta, Warsaw, 1995
  • Hillstrom, Laurie Collier; Hillstrom, Kevin (1999-01-01). Contemporary women artists. Detroit: St. James Press. ISBN 1-55862-372-8. 


Jörg Scheller describes Cahn as a "feminist who likes to fight." Schorgg comments that Cahn's pieces have a tone he describes as a "deceptive calm", though Export et al. note the "wild sketching" as a key element to the tension between cultural influences in her work.

In 1998 Cahn won the Käthe Kollwitz Prize awarded by the Academy of Arts, Berlin.

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