Mai-Thu Perret (b. 1976, Geneva, Switzerland) is known for her multidisciplinary practice that engages feminist politics, literary texts and homemade crafts, alongside a range of 20th century avant-garde and radical art movements, from Constructivism and Dada to Bauhaus design.
Since the late 1990s, Mai-Thu Perret’s work evolved around The Crystal Frontier, a fictional narrative about a group of feminist activists who broke away from patriarchal society to found a utopian community. This ever-expanding narrative serves as the background for Mai-Thu Perret’s broad net of reference, reaching from literature to the craft focused movements of the late 19th and early 20th century, avant-garde aesthetics of modernity, the spiritual and the poetic that she virtuously intertwines with art-immanent questions of materiality and form. From early on, ceramic material played a fundamental role in Perret’s practice owing to its wide-ranging anthropological significance, inherent tactility and reliance upon the transformative role played by fire. (Francesca Pia / Zürich)
Mai-Thu Perret has exhibited internationally since the early 2000s. Selected institutional solo exhibitions include Istituto Svizzero, Rome (2022), Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2019), Spike Island, Bristol (2019), MAMCO, Geneva (2018), NICC, Brussels (2017), Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2016), Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aargau (2011), Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2011), MAMCO, Geneva (2011), Aspen Art Museum (2009), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008), The Kitchen, New York (2008), The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2006), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2006). Recent institutional group exhibition include Glasgow International, Glasgow (2019), Met Breuer, New York (2019), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut (2018), Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich (2018), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2018), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2018), Kunsthaus Zurich (2018), Kunsthalle Basel (2018), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2017), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2016), Swiss Institute, New York (2015), Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (2015) and Migros Museum, Zurich (2015). Her work forms part of the collection of many major institutions. Mai-Thu Perret lives and works in Geneva.