Silvia Gertsch, Xerxes Ach

Silvia Gertsch, Xerxes Ach

Embracing Sensation

Of life's fleetingness and the transience of sensations: the art of Silvia Gertsch and Xerxes Ach.



Title Information

Edited by Museum of Fine Arts Bern and Kathleen Bühler. Essays by Kathleen Bühler, Matthias Frehner, Anna Friedli, Sarah Merten, Jobst Wagner, and Etienne Wismer

1st edition

, 2015

Text English and German


248 pages, 322 color illustrations

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-474-6


Despite stylistic differences, there are striking similarities to be discovered between the works of the artist couple Silvia Gertsch and Xerxes Ach, who share the studio in Switzerland where their most recent works were created. Gertsch’s summertime compositions, created through her reverse-glass painting technique, feature young peo­ple sunbathing or strolling the streets, as well as children absorbed in play. A contemporary realist, Gertsch focuses on moments from everyday life, col­lecting fleeting visual impressions that would otherwise be forgotten in their banality. Ach, a color-field abstraction­ist, creates colorful explorations of the ways light is reflected and refracted by different surfaces, translating the real­ity of what we see into a compelling cos­mic view. Both artists use the medium of photography to capture transitory moments in time that form a fascinat­ing starting point for reflections on ephemerality.

Featuring more than three hun­dred full-color illustrations and orga­nized in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, Silvia Gertsch, Xerxes Ach places these two important Swiss artists in spirited dialogue.

Authors & Editors

Kathleen Bühler

, born 1968, is curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Art Bern.

Matthias Frehner

, born 1955, has been appointed director of Museum of Fine Arts Bern in 2002. After reading art history, German literature and archaeology at University of Zürich he has been curator of Oskar Reinhart Collection “Am Römerholz” in Winterthur (1988–96) and art editor with major Swiss daily newspaper Neuen Zürcher Zeitung (1996–2002).

Anna Friedli

Sarah Merten

Jobst Wagner

Etienne Wismer