Swiss artist duo Hendrikje Kühne and Beat Klein create intricate, multilayered collage compositions mining their vast collection of art postcards and posters as source material. Their passion for collage, with its distinctive elements of visual dissection and physical assembly uses materials carefully chosen not only for pattern or color, but also for meaning encoded from the history of art. The sense of place in their work is charged with observational sharpness and humor and the resulting astonishment of detail is panoramic in its sweep.
Kühne and Klein were educated at the College of Art and Design in Basel, Switzerland. They have been producing artwork collaboratively since 1998. Solo exhibitions and installations of their art have been held recently at the Deiglan Art Gallery, Akureyri, North Iceland; Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel; and the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City. Their work is held in a variety of international public, private and corporate collections, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Microsoft Art Collection and Zurich’s city art collection. Veterans of numerous artist residency programs, Kühne and Klein were awarded the Emmy Gifford Fellowship for their 2012 stay at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska.