The Mistake Room is pleased to present the first United States solo exhibition of Argentina-born, Guatemala-based artist Vivian Suter.  The daughter of European immigrants who arrived in Argentina in the late 1930’s, Vivian Suter was born in Buenos Aires in 1949. In 1962 she returned to Europe where she spent a majority of her youth living in Basel, Switzerland until 1983 when during a trip across North and Central America that included a brief stay in LA, she arrived in Panajachel—a small town on the northeastern shore of Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán that she has since then called home. Suter built a home and studio on a lush terrain that was formerly a coffee plantation and it was here that she began to create works that resulted from her immediate experiences within the landscape. Suter’s exhibition at The Mistake Room encompasses a large-scale installation inclusive of unstretched canvases, works on paper, floor pieces, and a hanging canopy of draping works that have come to anchor Suter’s oeuvre. Often deemed a landscape painter, Suter’s works in reality have shaped a unique genre of art-making altogether—one that negates the preciousness of the singular object and presents us with a recollection of vanishing images, surreal pictures, saturated stains, and forgotten objects that contemplate the space between our perceptions of nature and its actual realities.

Vivian Suter: Panajachel is organized by The Mistake Room and curated by Cesar Garcia, TMR Director and Chief Curator.



Vivian Suter (b. 1949 Buenos Aires) lives and works in Panajachel, Guatemala. Her work was most recently the subject of a solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Basel curated by Adam Szymczyk (2014) and it was included in the 31st São Paulo Biennial curated by Charles Esche (2014). Suter’s work has been shown extensively in Europe since the mid-1970’s at various venues including Stampa, Basel; Diagramma, Milan, Susan Wyss, Zürich; and Gallery Eva Keppel, Düsseldorf amongst others. Most recently Suter’s work was presented in Mexico City in a group exhibition titled Olinka at the Museo Tamayo and in January 2015 she will open her first solo show at House of Gaga also in Mexico City.

In-kind support is provided by Chandon and Terrazas de los Andes.

Special thanks to House of Gaga, Mexico City.

Photo Credit: Kelly Barrie. Copyright 2015. The Mistake Room Inc.