Tanja Bürgelin-Arslan

"With my art, I challenge our Christian culture, our faith and our society. I want to make the mystic and invisible, visible. My focus is on the idea. For getting the best result, I'm working with the most diverse media and techniques."

Prayers From Around The World - Visual and acoustic installation

German artist, from the border triangle near Basel, Tanja Bürgelin-Arslan completed studies in Design and then in 2000, began work as a freelance artist. Her current practice focuses on the topics of faith, life after death, god and his glory.

"The ideas of new works of art usually come to me in dreams. It fascinates me to find ways to make the mystic and invisible, visible, with my art. Then I try to find the best technique or material to realize each idea. This is why I work with the most diverse materials and in a variety of disciplines: painting, photography, graphics, design, sculpture, or installation. I often work on a large scale and have already won three competitions for art in public spaces as well as had many commissioned works. My most extensive commissioned work to date was inaugurated in 2019 at the Roche Innovation Center Zurich: WINGS OF HOPE - a filigree wooden artistic representation of an antibody, made up of over 50,000 individual parts. It is in the company’s foyer, where it welcomes visitors."

Art in public spaces

2019, WINGS OF HOPE, Roche Innovation Center, Zurich, Switzerland

2019, Goldwall, Glory Life Center, Stuttgart, Germany

2018, Memorial for victims of National Socialism in Binzen, Germany

2014, PRAYERS - Installation, Friedenskirche, Norddeich, Germany

2014, bus stop shelter, Eimeldingen, Germany

2011, AUGENBLICKE, Binzen, Germany

2009, 1st prize, fountain THE PATH OF LIFE, Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany

2006, 1st prize, ENTENPORTAL, Eimeldingen, Germany

1995, 1st prize, subway station „Rathaus“, Fürth, Germany


Select Solo Exhibitions

2015, Art&Context 101 Gallery, Basel, Switzerland


Select Group Exhibitions

2020, Frontofbicycle Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2019, Kulturfabrik Schopfheim, Germany

2018, Artrooms London

2018, Artrooms Rome

2018, Museum St. Johann, Tirol, Austria

2017, Frontofbicycle Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2016 + 2015  Dreiländermuseum Lörrach, Germany

2013, Filter4 cultur affairs Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2013, Basel cathedral, Switzerland

AURA: The glory of God surrounds people like a shell and lets them shine - Wood, 3,200 brass nails 49 x 49 x 40 cm
Two murals at the Underground Station “Rathaus”- Screen printing on ceramic steel, stainless steel, shotcrete, granite
Three images from the series "Knocking On Heaven’s Door" - Photograph 50 x 150 cm
Defeater of Death - Mixed Media 52 x 37 x 35 cm

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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