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Béatrice Helg


The Galerie Sonia Zannettacci is pleased to present a selection of recent works by Swiss artist Béatrice Helg. This exhibition coincides with the publication of a comprehensive monograph devoted to her work (5 Continents Editions, Milan).

Helg’s oeuvre has a singular position in the photographic tradition of “constructed images.” Remote from hyperrealist or narrative imagery, her work displays abstract forms and luminous worlds. Drawing on a passion for music and a marked sensitivity to notions of space and time, to architecture, and to the staging of plays and operas, the artist creates monumental spaces in which sculpture, painting, installation, and light interact. As poetic as they are spiritual, her photographs show strangely beautiful universes of shadow and of light.

Béatrice Helg was born in Geneva in 1956. After studying the cello, she studied photography in the United States and worked in theExhibitions Department of the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. From the onset, Helg developed a personal signature for her uses of space, light, and matter, and it has been given international recognition. More than sixty-five solo exhibitions have been devoted to her oeuvre in Europe, the United States, and Japan. Among these are shows at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM) in Valencia, at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, at Paris Photo, and at the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles.

Helg’s work is held in numerous museum’s collections: the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris; the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne; the Martin Bodmer Foundation, Cologny (Geneva); the International Center of Photography, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.



Béatrice Helg

November 21, 2019 – February 15, 2020

Galerie Sonia Zannettacci

16, rue des Granges / 4, rue Henri-Fazy

1204 Genève, Suisse



Béatrice Helg

27.5 x 35.5 centimeters

166 pages

104 color illustrations

Hardcover (partially woven and printed cover)

Bilingual edition: French / English

Publication: November 2019

Publisher: 5 Continents Editions, Milan


The special limited edition of this book includes 50 signed and numbered copies, enriched with an original work created especially for this edition, justified and signed by the artist.



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