For Zilla Leutenegger, drawing provides a way of creating an immediate gesture. Accordingly, her works on paper or video installations appear light-hearted and unpretentious. Only when examined closely one starts to sense the technical construction necessary for each piece. After an initial film shoot in the green box the artist cuts the scenes of her videos before reworking them digitally in her studio. Then she projects the mutated video onto a wall drawing or complements it with an object piece to create a three-dimensional installation.
Zilla Leutenegger is foremost known for her signature drawing style, made up of clear, bold strokes and strong color accents. Dried trickles of acrylic paint tell the story of the drawing’s creation, and are often incorporated into the picture. The artist habitually works simultaneously in her various mediums. Therefore, the works on paper and video installation can often be read as single scenes or chapters of a larger whole. The combining element between the various works is often a person, an object, a chair or a library. From the Eames Bird chair to contemporary fashion by Lela Scherrer – design appears again and again in Zilla Leutenegger’s work. The artist celebrates single moments of every-day life, which develop an unexpected poetry when seen separately. Immediacy and spontaneity become apparent in every drawn line and projected plane with which the artist dissects a fictional life.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland, 2016
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, 2015
Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos CAB, Burgos, Spain, 2014
Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland, 2014
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany, 2013
Weserburg, Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany, 2011
Kartause Ittingen Kunstmuseum des Kantons Thurgau, Warth, Switzerland, 2008
Centre dʼArt Passerelle, Brest, France, 2008
CCA Center for Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2007
Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken, Germany, 2006

Selected Group Exhibitions
Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, 2016
Kunstsäle, Berlin, Germany, 2016
Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany, 2015
19th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 2014
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland, 2014
Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland, 2013
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland, 2013
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, 2012
Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany, 2012
Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland, 2011
Kunstraum Vaduz, Vaduz, Liechtenstein, 2011
Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany, 2008

Selected Collections
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France
FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France
Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Museion Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Bolzano, Italy
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany

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