Pipilotti Rist was born in Grabs, Switzerland, in 1962. She lives and works in Zurich and in the mountains of Switzerland. She studied at the Institute of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, 1982-1986 and at the School of Design in Basel, Switzerland, 1986-1988.
In her colorful visual language, Rist examines physical as well as mental spaces. She works mainly with moving images and dreamlike installations. The body, our senses, rituals and taboos are explored in ways that are just as playfully entertaining as they are poetic and intimate. Rist aims to include us in a specific environment and to place us “in the film” with the desire that we open our minds to complex themes.
She has had solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Bremen (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2010); KIASMA Museum for Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2009); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2009); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2007); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (2006); the contribution of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture BAK, Church of San Stae, 51st Venice Biennale (2005); the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, (2004); the Public Art Fund, Times Square, New York (2000); Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1998); and the 22nd Biennial of São Paulo, Brazil (1994), among others.
In 2007, she had a solo exhibition at Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Gravity, be my friend.