Artistic Practice Department

“The studio is a place of questioning, of individual and collective exploration and research, a place where art forms, practices and issues are probed, a place where art intelligence together with sensory, visual, practical and intellectual comprehension are developed, a place for discussions in which information—often contradictory and paradoxical — is exchanged.
My work in the studio will be to accompany each student in a way that facilitates students’ defining of a workspace and enables them to develop their practice while providing intellectual, technical and historical touchstones that will allow them to contextualize their work, develop their approach, and work to become responsible for what they produce. While school is not cut off from the outside world, nor is it entirely open to it. To work in a studio is to develop critical filters and connecting passages between school and what is outside of school.”

Marie José Burki was born in Switzerland. She earned a licence university degree in French literature and history and a degree from the Haute École d’Art et de Design (HEAD), Geneva. In 1989 she spent a year in New York in connection with the PS1 Studio Program, returning to Europe in 1991 and staying in Paris and Geneva. In 1992 she took part in Jan Hoet’s Documenta IX. In 1995 she had her first major solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle, Basel. In 1997 she had her first solo show at the Nelson Gallery, Paris.
In 1998 began a series of solo shows at the Bern Kunsthalle, the Bonn Kunstverein, the Camden Art Center in London and the Würtenbergische Kunstverein of Stuttgart. Also in 1998, she had her first onewoman show in New York, at the Lehmann Maupin gallery, and produced a radio piece for drs 2 Swiss-German radio station. In 1997 she began work on a film and audio project for public space in Manhattan; the film was screened in May 2001 on the ventilation tower of the Holland Tunnel.
From 2000 to 2002, she headed the post-graduate program at the École des Beaux-Arts of Lyon. In 2003, Marie José Burki began teaching at the Hamburg Hochschule für Bildende Künste. In that same year, she had her first solo show in Belgium, at the MACs, Grand Hornu. She has also taken part in several group exhibitions, including at the Folkwang Museum, Essen; the MUHKA, Antwerp; the Kunstmuseum, Bonn; FRAC-Pays de la Loire.