The Project

 

The project Impressões by Laufen and Brasilea is dedicated to their connection with Brazil and the enthusiasm it inspires, combining Brazilian art with Swiss technological savoir faire.

There are many starting points for a journey from Basel to Brazil that are shared by the cultural foundation Brasilea and the ceramic manufacturer Laufen. Those include a pioneering spirit and entrepreneurial, progressive thinking paired with an openness to new horizons, to name but a few.

That they should join forces to develop an artistic object collection was therefore almost inevitable, for the narrative behind this co-production has a compelling logic when one considers the economic, socio-political and biographical backgrounds that underlie both enterprises.





There are many starting points for a journey from Basel to Brazil that are shared by the cultural foundation Brasilea and the ceramic manufacturer Laufen. Those include a pioneering spirit and entrepreneurial, progressive thinking paired with an openness to new horizons, to name but a few. That they should join forces to develop an artistic object collection was therefore almost inevitable, for the narrative behind this co-production has a compelling logic when one considers the economic, socio-political and biographical backgrounds that underlie both enterprises.

Founded in 1892 in the town of Laufen, the Swiss manufacturer entered the Brazilian market by building a large factory of ceramic tiles in 1952, a good time for Brazilian architecture and the first encounter of Laufen with the up-and-coming Modernist architecture of Brazil. Laufen was one of the first companies to bring to Brazil the ideas of social standards such as worker housing, advanced training and a canteen, establishing the brand in Brazil. Maintaining its reputation in the country to this day, Laufen remains committed to the tradition of Brazilian culture.

The Brasilea Foundation also conveys positive echoes from Brazil. Its existence predicates on the economic success its founder Walter Wüthrich achieved in Brazil selling machines for the textile industry, which enabled him to support his artist friend Franz-Josef Widmar and, ultimately, to acquire a large part of his oeuvre. These artworks became the foundation onto which Brasilea was built, permanently linking the two most important places in Wüthrich’s life both culturally and artistically. Today, Brasilea has established itself as a Swiss-Brazilian cultural institution. Since its foundation in 2003, more than 60 exhibitions and 100 cultural events have brought some of the Brazilian culture and zest for life to Basel.



One plus one is three





Curated by Brasilea, a group of five Brazilian artists from areas as diverse as street art, conceptual art, classical painting and photography, were invited to transfer their visual language to a ceramic polyhedron, produced in SaphirKeramik by Laufen.

What could be more natural than for the two initiators from the Basel region to use the Design Basel/Miami 2019 platform to present these joint works to an international audience?

The Polyhedron in Saphirkeramik


For the 3rd edition of “Impressões”, the sculptor Maria-Carmen Perlingeiro exclusively designed a polyhedron, which Laufen then produced in Saphirkeramik. The handmade polyhedron, serves as a 3-dimensional basis for the work of the 5 artists. 


Participating artists
Alex Flemming
Christina Oiticica
Maria-Carmen Perlingeiro
SHN Collective
Zezão

Impressões: a cooperation between Laufen Bathrooms AG and the Brasilea Foundation, Basel.
Ceramic objects with transfer print
35 x 35 x 35 cm
Edition of 6







      

IMPRESSOES - FROM BASEL TO BRAZIL 
A PROJECT BY LAUFEN & BRASILEA

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