Gabriela Maria Müller is the winner of the twelfth edition of the 2019 Bally Artist of the Year Award.
The artist has been selected by the Fondazione Bally due to the high quality of the work presented and its close adherence to the theme “On the nature of the world”. The work, entitled Coeurs sacrés, invites us to reflect on the unstoppable nature of change. Created between 2018 and 2019, it is formed of a large spiral composed of thousands of dried seeds from a single elm tree wrapped in wooden framed voile, which is in turn placed within a quadrilateral metal structure. The work expresses the artist’s love for nature, the union between the micro and the macrocosm, between the visible and the invisible, between the material and the immaterial, through a stratified symbology.
The exhibition will be open from April 22nd to May 17th at the ground floor of Palazzo Reali and will feature Coeurs Sacrés, the award-winning work, in dialogue with a selection of works created between 2007 and 2020. Nature is the focus of the exhibition, investigated in every single detail, in a display creating a dialogue between the artworks through meticulous and silent manual work. The vibration of the artist's inner space and journey, intimately linked to the sacredness of nature can be felt through the exhibition.
The exhibition is a significant first milestone in the multi-year collaboration agreement signed between MASI Lugano and the Fondazione Bally per la Cultura in 2019.
Born in Teufen (Canton of Appenzell) in 1963 and a Ticino citizen by adoption, Gabriela Maria Müller is essentially self-taught, having attended some courses at the School of Applied Arts in St. Gallen. Through subsequent training in ergotherapy, she was able to further expand her technical and artisanal know-how, using painting, sculpture, object art, textile art, installations and video with a versatile approach. Her works are part of public collections, including that of Canton Ticino, as well as private collections. She has exhibited in Paris and Venice in 2017, as well as in Ticino, at the Villa Pia Museum (Erich Lindenberg Art Foundation) in Porza in 2016 and at the Vincenzo Vela Museum in Ligornetto in 2019. From her deep and delicate relationship with nature, developed in a rural family environment, the artist draws an inexhaustible source of inspiration that is reflected in each of her works: her artistic process is developed through a meticulous arrangement of natural elements (such as seeds, leaves, blooms, pollen and soil) that produces new, sophisticated forms placed in relation with the structure within which they materialize.