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Marion Baruch
Timisoara, 1929. Lives and works in Gallarate, Varese. 

After enrolling at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bucharest, in 1949 she found refuge in Israel, where she continued her studies at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. In 1954 she moved to Rome where she studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts. Around the turn of the ’70s, she produced a series of large-scale sculptures as well as some works fundamental for her career: Contenitore-Ambiente (1970) and Vestito-Contenitore (1970). On seeing these works, she was invited by the visionary design producer Dino Gavina to take part in Ultramobile, a project revolving around a group of non-object objects designed by artists. This brief incursion into the world of design was to leave a lasting mark on Baruch’s work, which became ever more conceptual and led her to develop a keen interest in industrial production as a dimension inseparable from that of contemporary creation. After a transition phase in which she mixed conceptual, painting and sculpture in works like Rembrandt (1978-1982) and Monitor, Bandiere, Pedane (1985–1989), in 1989 Baruch met the gallerist Luciano Inga Pin with whom she would work for several years. Coming face to face with the art market was to have a great influence on the artist’s work, and in 1991 she founded the brand Name Diffusion, with the aim of making the production process of artworks visible. From 1993 to 2012 she worked and lived in Paris and displayed her work in major shows, including Femmes Publiques at the Palais De La Femme (1994). Over these years, she became ever more interested in socio-political themes, and set up projects focusing on current themes such as genetics, immigration and the phenomenon of the sans papiers. The most recent stages of her artistic development are marked by her progressive loss of sight. In 2012 she undertook a series of works made out of textile offcuts from the sartorial ateliers of the great Prêt-à-porter fashion houses, which the artist reinvents and displays, bringing out images, faces and memories from the past.  Baruch has been exhibited in international institutions such as the Center for Contemporary Art, (Tel Aviv-Yafo), the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Bucharest), the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and many others; moreover, her works are also to be found in the collections of the Kunstmuseum Luzern, Mamco (Genf), Art Collection Roche (Basel), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Triennale (Milan), Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (Rome), Mambo (Bologna), Museion (Bozen) Gröninger Museum (Holland), Turner Contemporary (Margate), Fri-Art Kunsthalle (Fribourg, Switzerland) and MA*GA (Gallarate).


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