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Lived/Active: Switzerland      Known for: video artist-installation

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

Pipilotti Rist creates video art that synthesizes modern life, along with her art she is a pop singer. In 2000, she had her solo debut in New York with electronic billboard images in Times Square and a simultaneous exhibition at Luhring Augustine Gallery where she set up a fun house--a very cluttered home with images of naked bodies on the grass. Water is also a recurring theme in the art of Pipilotti Rist.

Rist was born in Rheintal, Switzerland, her given name was Elisabeth Charlotte, though she was lovingly called "Lotti" from early on. Rist spent her youth riveted by a series of popular Swedish children's books and films about Pippi Longstocking. The artist was also profoundly influenced by the British musical group, the Beatles. "Both the fanciful pirate princess and the Fab Four would have significant impact on the artist's future work."

In the early 1980s, she studied Graphic Design and Photography at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria (1982-86), and video at the School for Design in Basel, Switzerland (1986-88). It was during school that Rist decided to blend her own pet name of "Lotti" with that of Pippi Longstocking, creating her now famous first name, Pipilotti.

Pipilotti Rist lives and works in Switzerland and is currently on a one-year residence at UCLA (2002). Her work was exhibited at the Louisiana Museum for Modern Art in Denmark and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, in 1996; the Venice Bienniale, Kwangju Biennial, SITE Santa Fe, and Kunsthalle, Vienna in 1997; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Kunstwerke Berlin in 1998; Museum Ludwig and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1999; ZKM Karlsruhe, Hirshhorn Museum, Istanbul Biennial and Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, in 2000; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Luhring Augustine, and Galeria Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, in 2001.

John D. Spiak, Curatorial Museum Specialist, Arizona State University Art Museum

Sources include:

"Pipilotti Rist: Apricots Along the Street" Zurich: SCALO, 2001

Peggy Phelan, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Elisabeth Bronfen "Pipilotti Rist," New York: Phaidon Press Limited, 2001

Britta Schmitz, Gerald Matt, Alessandra Galasso, Bernhard Bürgi, Immo Wagner-Douglas, "Remake of the Weekend: Pipilotti Rist" Köln: Oktagon, 1998

Nancy Spector, Philip Ursprung, Marius Babias, Pablo Colombo, Laurie Anderson
Multiple Essays, "PARKETT, #48," 1997

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