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HELGA RITSCH

Artist. Lives and works between Switzerland and Italy.

Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: objet trouvé, gold and a black ragepiece – attached with the red thread. mai 2023. studio house visits by appointment.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: objet trouvé, gold and a black ragepiece - attached with the red thread. mai 2023. studio house visits by appointment.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023.  view into one room of five: Studio house.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. view into one room of five: Studio house.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023.  ‘welcomehome?’. pedestal with nine pots. one of a kind piece.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. 'welcomehome?'. pedestal with nine pots. one of a kind piece.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 – october 1. 2023
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 - october 1. 2023
Sun jar. Black porcelain. One of a kind. 2024.
Sun jar. Black porcelain. One of a kind. 2024.
Zurich based space. October 2023
Zurich based space. October 2023
pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. Special summer edition.
pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. Special summer edition.
pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 – october 1. by appointment.
pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 - october 1. by appointment.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. installations of ‘welcomehome?’ one of a kind.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. installations of 'welcomehome?' one of a kind.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: Me. summerstudio 2023. Photo by agobay.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: Me. summerstudio 2023. Photo by agobay.
From the series ‘don’t protect me – I am fragile anyway’. Soazza. 2023.
From the series 'don't protect me - I am fragile anyway'. Soazza. 2023.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. ‘welcomehome?’ special summer edition. one of a kind.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. 'welcomehome?' special summer edition. one of a kind.
pots – paintings – polaroids: studio house visits by appointment. pictured: acrylic on paper: ‘red carpet: i don’t need you.’
pots - paintings - polaroids: studio house visits by appointment. pictured: acrylic on paper: 'red carpet: i don't need you.'
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. welcomehome?: the two monks. white porcelain. one of a kind.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. welcomehome?: the two monks. white porcelain. one of a kind.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. welcomehome?: black eyes. porcelain. one of a kind.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. welcomehome?: black eyes. porcelain. one of a kind.
Studio house. Soazza. August. 2023.
Studio house. Soazza. August. 2023.
Big bowl. `la vie en rose`. Summer studio edition. 2023. h 8.5cm. d 26cm. One of a kind.
Big bowl. `la vie en rose`. Summer studio edition. 2023. h 8.5cm. d 26cm. One of a kind.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. welcomehome?: black eyes. one of a kind.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. welcomehome?: black eyes. one of a kind.
Vessels. Stoneware. Painting: Acrylic on canvas. Zurich. 2022.
Vessels. Stoneware. Painting: Acrylic on canvas. Zurich. 2022.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. ‘welcomehome?’ one of a kind.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition 2023. 'welcomehome?' one of a kind.
Zurich based space. October 2023.
Zurich based space. October 2023.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 – october 1. 2023. pictured: ‘dream boxes: to survive’. 2023.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 - october 1. 2023. pictured: 'dream boxes: to survive'. 2023.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots – paintings – polaroids: summerstudio exhibition july 1 – october 1. 2023. by appointment
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: pots - paintings - polaroids: summerstudio exhibition july 1 - october 1. 2023. by appointment
Zurich based space. October 2023
Zurich based space. October 2023
Studio house. Soazza. August. 2023. My office.
Studio house. Soazza. August. 2023. My office.
pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 – october 1. by appointment. objet trouvé with tea bowls on a monday morning. 2023.
pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 - october 1. by appointment. objet trouvé with tea bowls on a monday morning. 2023.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: unique teaware for the summerstudio 2023. special summer edition.
Studio house Soazza/GR, Switzerland: unique teaware for the summerstudio 2023. special summer edition.
Zurich based space. October 2023
Zurich based space. October 2023
Special summerstudio23 edition.
Special summerstudio23 edition.
summerstudio2023: pots – paintings – polaroids. july 1 – october 1. by appointment
summerstudio2023: pots - paintings - polaroids. july 1 - october 1. by appointment
pots – paintings – polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 – october 1. by appointment. pictured: new teaware ‘special edition summer23’.
pots - paintings - polaroids: summer studio exhibition, july 1 - october 1. by appointment. pictured: new teaware 'special edition summer23'.
Vessel. Black porcelain. Painting: Acrylic on canvas. Zurich. 2022.
Vessel. Black porcelain. Painting: Acrylic on canvas. Zurich. 2022.
2023 – Summerstudio ‘welcomehome?’: Pots – Paintings – Polaroids. July 1 – October 1 in Soazza, GR. By appointment
2023 - Summerstudio 'welcomehome?': Pots - Paintings - Polaroids. July 1 - October 1 in Soazza, GR. By appointment
summerstudio 2023: n e w   teaware.
summerstudio 2023: n e w teaware.
2023 – Summerstudio ‘welcomehome?’: Pots – Paintings – Polaroids. July 1 – October 1 in Soazza, GR. By appointment
2023 - Summerstudio 'welcomehome?': Pots - Paintings - Polaroids. July 1 - October 1 in Soazza, GR. By appointment
From the series ‘welcomehome?’ Soazza. 2023.
From the series 'welcomehome?' Soazza. 2023.
Special summerstudio23 edition
Special summerstudio23 edition
August 2022: Soazza. View from my studio house out into the world.
August 2022: Soazza. View from my studio house out into the world.
Exhibition in Pontresian, Switzerland: Gallery Palü. 2023
Exhibition in Pontresian, Switzerland: Gallery Palü. 2023
Summer studio. Soazza. 2022.
Summer studio. Soazza. 2022.

CONTACT

Studio Helga Ritsch
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CV

Born in Switzerland. Working as an independent multidisciplinary artist since 1996: Making pots, paintings and polaroids – individual pieces, groups and installations.

Education:
2001-2006: Trained as a ceramist with Mathies Schwarze
1989-1995: University of Zurich: Phil I – German Philology/Art History/Philosophy
1986-1988: ETH Zurich: Architecture department

Member of the Swiss-Japanese Society
Member of the Swiss Ceramics Association ‘swissceramics’
Member of the Robert Walser-Society 

ABOUT THE ‘POTS’
‘nato a 600metri di altezza’, Gallery Palü 2023
by Samira C. Ritsch, Art historian

In April 1336, the poet and scholar Petrarca climbed Mont Ventoux in Provence together with his brother. He combined this first dated, culturally and historically relevant, alpine excursion with reflections on his inner life and the significance of art. The attraction of the mountains remains undiminished to this day.

The vessels by Helga Ritsch currently presented in the Gallery Palü were also created in a mountain environment. The artist has been working for over 20 years in the Misox, a valley in the south of the Grisons.
The immense scale and simultaneous tranquility of the mountain landscape allow a wide and free process of creation. The artist basically describes working and designing in the mountains as more independent and less purpose-bound than, for example, in an urban environment.

The actual design is accompanied by a thought process, a sketch in the head. During the subsequent work on the potter’s wheel, the vessel is shaped and then deliberately differentiated by consciously placed details. The subsequent coloring, if any, is neither particularly colorful nor decorative. The glaze proceeds from the form, not the color, always taking into account the formal influence it has on perception.

The resulting clear and simple works in porcelain or stoneware have an architectural character, are space-creating, and their exterior and interior forms engage in an ongoing dialogue. Helga Ritsch’s academic background in architecture and art history explains her thinking and working with surfaces and forms.

The artist sees the immediate environment as a metaphorical stage for her work. Although the vessels stand on their own, the not conclusively defined idea of the stage helps shape and guide perception – an exchange that has always interested Helga Ritsch and is often reflected in her designs.

The thread, that has been used for more than 20 years and is another leitmotif in her work, was 2017 aptly paraphrased by Art historian Dr. Ronnie Watt: “A powerful, though fragile decorative element, the thread is a visual and intellectual accent for a work, but at the same time integral to that form because it is anchored in it.”
However, it is in no way intended to become a design constraint; rather, it is consciously placed anew each time and is accompanied by an intellectual engagement with each vessel. The object character of the thread thereby questions the functionality, perhaps irritates and at the same time changes the perceived dimensionality.

In principle, Helga Ritsch does not define the function of her vessels. For her, this question remains intellectually unanswered and is never dictated by her. Her works are thought-provoking and border-crossers that reinterpret the ceramic craft.

Many of the artist’s vessels are created in the narrow Grisons mountain valley, but for exhibitions they move to the wider world to Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, London, Milan or Venice – and now also for the first time to the nearby Gallery Palü.
Grisons is big: The ceramic vessels from the Misox by Helga Ritsch are exhibited together with the paintings from the Engadine by Lukas R. Vogel in the same room – this makes the artist particularly happy!

Samira C. Ritsch, Art historian BA UZH. 2022.

EXHIBITIONS (selection since 2017) 

Solo
2023 Soazza/GR,
Switzerland: welcomehome? pots -paintings – polaroids
2021 Kyoto, Japan: Gallery Essence Kyoto. Invited by and with Iron Artist Motomu Oyama. Read Interview
2020 Soazza/GR, Switzerland: Covid-19 drama.
2019 Tokyo, Japan: Gallery ‘hetLaboatrium, . ‘Circle’
2018 Singapore: Brewin Design Office

 

Group
2023 Pontresina, Switzerland: ‘GRAUBÜNDEN’ at Galerie Palü.
2023 St. Moritz, Switzerland: SMM
2022 Pontresina, Switzerland: Galerie Palü.
2022 Seoul, Korea: University of Fine Arts
2021 Zurich, Switzerland: Gallery Palü. Guest.
2019 Seoul, Korea: Gallery Lee Eugean, Affaire de coeur 5’.
2019 Milan, Italy: Palazzo Bovara,
2019 Geneva, Switzerland: Gallery Ormond Edition,
2018 London, Greatbritain:  HOSTEM, bluemountainschool . 
2018 Hongkong, China: U11. swiss design. 

2014 Zurich, Switzerland: Museum Rietberg

REPRESENTED

Gallery Palü
PONTRESINA/Switzerland

Agobay
LISBON/Portugal
ZURICH/Switzerland

Gallery Essencekyoto
KYOTO/Japan

PRESS  (selection only)

2024: Article (as part of the agobay makers) in the winter edition of  ‘New Norm

2023: Article (as part of the agobay makers) in the winter edition of  ‘openhousemagazine

2023: Article in the gallery magazine ‘palü’

2021: Photostory in the print only magazine ‘The Influencer’

2019: Video by Fredrik Haren ‘Wondering in search of energy’

2017:  Ceramics Southern Africa, 09/2017 by Dr. Ronnie Watt

And many more: Schöner Wohnen, Raum&Wohnen, Blickfang Magazine, NZZ, Tages Anzeiger Meter Magazin etc.

OTHERS about  (selection only)

本展ではHelga Ritschにとって象徴的ともいえるCircleがテーマとなっています。静謐で清潔なHelgaの作品世界は、日本文化の心象風景にも繋がっているかのようです。「縁」を思わせるテーマに、不思議な絆を感じます。彼女が好んで用いる赤い糸も「縁」と繋がり、そして、それは彼女の住む国では、運命を導くシンボルといいます。ヘットラボアトリエムならではのHelgaのプレゼンテーションは彼女にとって日本で初めての個展となります。
Hatsuko Kobayashi. Galerist, Tokio. 2018

Helga Ritsch, Soazza (Misox), forms ceramics that transcend the minimalist and modern, revealing a vital energy that awakens the viewer’s soul and weaves the mystery of existence. Each piece, through its simple beauty, becomes an enigmatic narrative, rich in emotion and finely woven meanings, inviting the deepest reflection.
F. Sciuchetti. Galerist, Pontresina. 2023

Sometimes contemplative, sometimes playful but always intriguing: Swiss ceramic artist Helga Ritsch reveals her collected works at this year’s Summer Studio session.
R. Allemann, Creative Director, Zurich/Lisbon. 2023.

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