BIOGRAPHY

Born 1918 in Lucerne, Switzerland

Died 1963 in Zurich, Switzerland

 

EDUCATION

1941

Studied at Art Students League, New York, New York

1937

Studied at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Sonja Sekula, A Survey, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

2016

Sonja Sekula & Friends, Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Switzerland

 

Sonja Sekula, Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie HILT, Basel, Switzerland

2004

Sonja Sekula. 8.4.1918 Luzern bis 25.4.1963 Zürich, Galerie HILT, Basel, Switzerland

2001

Sonja Sekula (1918-1963), Ölgemälde, Gouache, Collagen, Scratch, Galerie HILT, Basel, Switzerland

1999

Sonja Sekula (1918-1963). Candle in the Wind, Galerie HILT, Basel, Switzerland

 

Sonja Sekula 1918-1963. Malerei. USA – Die Jahre danach, Galerie Claudine Hohl, Zurich, Switzerland

1997

Sonja Sekula USA / CH (1918-1963), Galerie HILT, Basel, Switzerland

1996

Sonja Sekula, Von New York nach Zürich 1943-1963, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland / Sonja Sekula (1918-1963): A Retrospective, Swiss Institute, New York, NY (catalogue)

1995

Sonja Sekula, Galerie Zodiaque Perroy, Switzerland

1992

Sonja Sekula 1918-1963, Galerie Suzanne Bollag, Zurich, Switzerland

 

Sonja Sekula, Galerie Zodiaque Perroy, Switzerland

1989

Sonja Sekula, Galerie Zodiaque Perroy, Switzerland

1987

Sonja Sekula 1918-1963. Zum Andenken, Galerie Suzanne Bollag, Zurich, Switzerland

1984

Sonja Sekula (1919[sic]-1963). Peintures, gouaches et collages, Galerie Zodiaque, Perroy, Switzerland

 

Sonja Sekula. Peintures-Gouaches-Dessins-Collages, Focus Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland

1978

Sonja Sekula, (1919[sic]-1963). Peintures, gouaches et collages, Galerie Zodiaque, Perroy, Switzerland

1977

Sonja Sekula, Oeuvres, Galerie Saint-Antoine, Genève, Switzerland

1976

Sonja Sekula. Gemälde + Zeichnungen, Galerie zur Matze, Brig, Switzerland

 

Sonja Sekula (1919[sic]-1963). Peintures, gouaches et collages, Galerie Zodiaque, Perroy, Switzerland

1975

Sonja Sekula, Galerie Cinq, Lausanne, Switzerland

 

Sonja Sekula 1918-1963, Galerie Orell Füssli, Zurich, Switzerland

1973

Sonja Sekula, Swiss Bank Association, Hottingen branch, Zurich, Switzerland

 

Sonja Sekula. Peintures, collages, dessins, Galerie Jeanne Wiebenga, Epalinges, Switzerland (catalogue)

1971

Sonja Sekula. Paintings, Drawings and Poetry, Contemporary Wing, Finch College Museum of Art, New York, New York (catalogue)

1969

Joachim Breustedt / Sonja Sekula, Galerie Jeanne Wiebenga, Epalinges, Switzerland

1967

Sonja Sekula 1918-1963, Galerie d’art modern Jeanne Wiebenga, Epalinges, Switzerland

1966

Arend Fuhrmann / Jenny Losinger-Ferry / Sonja Sekula, Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft, Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)

1964

Sonja Sekula (1918 – 1963), Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)

1962

Galería Fortuny, Madrid, Spain

1961

Sonja Sekula. Collages, Galerie Suzanne Bollag, Zurich, Switzerland

1960

Sonja Sekula, Galerie L’Entracte, Lausanne, Switzerland

 

Sonja Sekula, Malerei / Trudi Demut. Plastic, Galerie 58, Rapperswil, Switzerland

1959

Sonja Sekula, Zurich / Duncan, Paris, Galerie Suzanne Bollag, Zurich, Switzerland

1958

Sekula. Quince añ os de pinturas 1943-1958, Galeria Don Hatch, Caracas, Venezuela (catalogue)

1957

Sonja Sekula, Galerie Palette, Zurich, Switzerland

1955

Paintings and Drawings by Sonja Sekula, Boylston Street Print Gallery, Cambridge, MA

1952

Sonja Sekula, Paintings & Scratchboards, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1951

Sonja Sekula, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1950

Sonja Sekula, Bookshop Gallery, The London Gallery, London, UK

1949

Sekula. Drawings – Gouaches, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1948

Sonja Sekula, Paintings, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1946

Sonja Sekula. First Exhibition of Painting, Art of this Century Gallery, New York, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

NO EXIT, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

2011

Abstract Expressionism and its Discontents, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2010

Post-War American Art: The Novak/O’Doherty Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

2008

Dunkelschwestern, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland

2007

Pathways and Parallels: Roads to Abstract Expressionism, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, NY

1996

The Surrealists and Their Friends on Eastern Long Island at Mid-Century, Guid Hall Museum, Easthampton, BY (catalogue)

1995

Neun Räume-einige Fenster: Der Erweterungsbau – Die Sammlung, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (catalogue)

1994

Projekt Sammlung: Meisterwerke des 16. Bis 20. Jahrhunderts aus der Sammlung des Kunstmuseums Luzern, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland

1993

Dimension Schweiz 1915-1993: Von der frühen Moderne zur Kunst der Gegenwart, Museion, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bolzano (catalogue)

1990

Contrasts, Galerie Suzanne Bollag, Zurich, Switzerland

1989

Abstract Expressionism: Other Dimensions. An Introduction to Small Scale Painterly Abstraction in America, 1940-1965, toured: Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL; Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL (1990); The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ (1990) (catalogue)

1988

30 Jahre Konkrete Kunst, Galerie Suzanne Bollag, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)

1987

Angelica, Anna und andere Schwestern von gestern, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland

1978

Banken förden Kunst, Städtische Galerie zum Strauhof, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)

1976

30th Anniversary Show, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1975

Artistes suisses, Manoir de Martigny, Martigny, Switzerland (catalogue)

1969

Hommage à Helen Dahm, Karl Ballmer, Charles Rollier, Sonja Sekula, Emanuel Jacob, Galerie Palette, Zurich, Switzerland

1966

Arend Fuhrmann, Jenny Losinger-Ferri, Sonja Sekula, Stadthaus, Zurich, Switzerland

1961

Der Surrealismus und verwandte Strömungen in der Schweiz, Kunstsammlung der Stadt Thun, Switzerland (catalogue)

 

Zürcher Künstler in Helmhaus und Stadthaus, Helmhaus und Stadthaus, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)

 

GSMBuk: Gesellschaft Schweizerischer Malerinnen, Bildhauerinnen und Kunstgeweblerinnen, Sektion Zürich, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (catalogue)

1960

Contrastes II, Galerie Suzanne Bollag, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)

 

Zürcher Künstler im Helmhaus und Stadthaus, Helmhaus und Stadthaus, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)

1959

Zürcher Konkrete Kunst, Galerei Suzanne Bollag, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)

 

Contrasts, Galerie Suzanne Bolag, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)

 

Zürcher Künstler im Helmhaus und Stadthaus, Helmhaus und Stadthaus, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)

 

Weinachtsausstellung, Galerie Suzanne Bollag, Zurich, Switzerland

1958

22.Ausstellung der Gesellschaft schweizerischer Malerinnen, Bildhauerinnen und Kunstgewerblerinnen, in the framework of Saffa. 2. Ausstellung: Die Schweizer Frau, ihr Leben, ihr Arbeit, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)

 

Collages, Galerie Suzanne Bollag, Zurich, Switzerland

1957

Amherst College, Amherst, MA

 

Dezember-Ausstellung, Galerie Palette, Zurich, Switzerland

1956

Annual Exhibition of Contemporary, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (catalogue)

 

The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA

1955

Ten Years, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1954

Summer Exhibition, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

 

Le dessin contemporain aux Etats-Unis (organized by The Art Institute of Chicago), Pavillon Vendôme, Aix-en-Provence, France (catalogue)

 

Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings, Prints, Sales and Rental Gallery, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

 

Group show: Drawing, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1953

International Water Color Exhibition: Seventeenth Biennial, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (catalogue)

1952

University of Illinois Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Urbana, IL (catalogue)

 

The Artists’ Exchange Gallery, Santa Fe, CA

 

Contemporary Drawings From 12 Countries: 1945-1952, The Art Institute of Chicago. Toured The Toledo Museum of Art; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; San Francisco Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; The J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville. (catalogue)

 

Thirty U.S. Contemporaries: Paintings, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California

 

An Exhibition of Contemporary Religious Art and Architecture, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

1951

International Water Color Exhibition: Sixteenth Biennial, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (catalogue)

 

9th Street: Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, New York, NY

1950

Accrochage, Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris, France

 

Young American Artists, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

 

Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (catalogue)

1949

Fifty-Ninth Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Nebraska Art Association, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

 

Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

 

International Watercolor Exhibition: Fifteenth Biennial, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (catalogue)

1948

Watercolors From the 27th Annual Exhibition of the California Watercolor Society, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

 

Survey of Season, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

 

Museo de Arte Moderna de Sao Paolo, Brazil

1947

Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme. Le Surréalisme en 1947, presented by André Breton and Marcel Duchamp, Galerie Maeght, Paris, France (catalogue)

1945

The Women, Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of this Century Gallery, New York, NY

1943

Spring Salon for Young Artists, Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of this Century Gallery, New York, NY

 

Exhibition by 31 Women, Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of this Century Gallery, New York, NY

 

SELECTED LITERATURE

2017

NO EXIT, Peter Blum Edition, New York, NY

2016

Sonja Sekula & Friends, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland

2011

Sonja Sekula: Grace in a cow's EYE: a memoir, Black Radish Books, Lafayette, LA

2008

Dunkelschwestern Annemarie Von Matt - Sonja Sekula, Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich, Switzerland

1996

Sonja Sekula: 1918-1963, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

1995

Kunstverein Wintertur: 75. Jahresbericht 1995. Winterthur: Kunstverein Winterthur, P. 10, 36, 40-42.

1987

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen: Katalog der Sammlung. Gemälde, Pastelle, Glasbilder, Textile Werke, Skultpuren, Objekte. St. Gallen: Kunstverein St. Gallen, P. 329.

1984

The Brooklyn Museum: American Watercolors, Pastels, Collages. A Complete Illustrated Listing of Works in the Museum’s Collection. St. Gallen: Kunstverein St. Gallen, P 329.

1983

Werke des 20. Jahrhunderts von Cuno Amiet bis heute. Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, Switzerland, P. 419.

 

Kunstmuseum Luzern: Sammlungscatalog der Gemülde. Luzern: Kunstmuseum Luzern, P. 277.

1966

Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft: Jahresbericht 1961. Zurich: Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft, , P. 7.

1961

Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft: Jahresbericht 1966. Zurich: Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft, P. 7, 8, 57.