Solo exhibition by Lorenza Longhi at Swiss Institute Contemporary Art New York

Solo exhibition by Lorenza Longhi at Swiss Institute Contemporary Art New York

Jan. 25, 2024

Swiss Institute presents World of Yum Yum, the first solo exhibition in the US by artist Lorenza Longhi, featuring newly commissioned paintings and sculptures in a site-specific installation.

Graduated with an ECAL Master Fine Arts in 2018, Lorenza Longhi currently lives and works in Zurich. Recent solo shows include Kunsthalle Zürich; Ordet, Milan; Weiss Falk, Basel; Fanta-MLN, Milan; and Plymouth Rock, Zürich. Her works have been included in group exhibitions at Kolnischer Kunstverein; Halle Fur Kunst Steiermark, Graz; Bonner Kunstverein; Macro, Rome; Fondazione Prada, Venice; Kunsthalle Zürich; Quadriennale di Roma; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. In Milan, she was a co-founder of Armada (2014-2018).

In 2020 she received the Shizuko Yoshikawa Advanced Award for Young Women Artists and the Swiss Emerging Artist Prize 2020 by Societe Generale. In 2021, she was Artist in Residence at Swiss Institute. In 2022, she was among the winners of the International Sculpture Prize by Fondazione Henraux. She is guest professor at ZhDK.

Swiss Institute in New York presents World of Yum Yum, her first solo exhibition in the US. Through architectural interventions and a visual language that enlists both strategies of luxury advertising, merchandising and commerce, along with craft and DIY techniques, Lorenza Longhi’s work considers spaces of display and the desires they engender. Taking its inspiration from a temporary exhibition space that the artist encountered in an airport, World of Yum Yum features a series of hyperreal closeups of artificial hand-made flowers, reminiscent of Chanel brooches, with a spy camera in the center. The artist used the spy camera’s microphone to record atmospheric sounds of music as she strolled through department stores in Zürich and New York. A sound mix that, by the way, gives the impression of shopping...

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Lorenza Longhi: World of Yum Yum
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