The work of New York artist Andrea Blum (*1950) falls between sculpture, architecture and design, exploring the relationship of the sociopolitical world to the private psychological one. Since the 1980’s she has built permanent and temporary projects in Europe and the United States, and has exhibited in museums, galleries and numerous exhibition venues. Blum has had one-person exhibitions at La Conservera Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, SP; Stroom Center for Art & Architecture, NL; Henry Moore Institute, UK; and Le Crestet Centre D’art Contemporain, FR., and has made special projects for the 51st Venice Biennale; Maison Rouge, Paris; MUDAM, Luxembourg; l’Observatoire, Marseille, and the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris where she was the set designer for the Opera, La Favorite by Donizetti.
Blum is the recipient of Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Graham Foundation, Art Matters Inc., the New York Foundation for the Arts, the SJWeiler Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and was named Chevalier, Order of Arts and Letters, by the French Minister of Culture. She is a Full Professor of Combined Media and Associate Chair of Studio, in the Department of Art & Art History at Hunter College in New York, and frequently lectures on the relationship of Art and Architecture and the social interface between the two.
For her exhibition at Kunsthaus Baselland, Blum will transform the annex of Kunsthaus into a space that examines our connection to the natural world, mediated by the exhibition design’s use of furniture and media. Parallel Lives at Kunsthaus Baselland is her first comprehensive exhibition in Switzerland.