Birgit Kempker

Birgit Kempker (* 1956 in Wuppertal, lives in Basel) is one of Switzerland’s most mysterious and most inventive authors. She is known for her prose and audio works, for which she has received a number of awards. In the Langmatt, she appears for the first time as a fearless graphical artist. In her sketches, language and images find a common wavelength; they pose major existential questions in a fully forceful way, but also with a delicate and vulnerable quality. In these artworks, humour and desperation are revealed in a paradoxical and magical symbiosis, with an inescapable suggestive impact.

In the Brown family library, we will be presenting (on the collection’s historic tables), a selection of the original volumes for visitors to leaf through. This opens up an adventurous rollercoaster ride through the uncertainties of human existence in a time of heightened insecurities.

A digital book by Esther Hunziker will be published to accompany the exhibition, with the drawings by Birgit Kempker.


Main photo: Birgit Kempker, don't leave me alone, 2018–2021, 29,7 × 21 cm, mixed technique on paper, photo: Serge Hasenböhler


Events (in German)

Saturday, 14.5.2022, 17 hrs

Thursday, 19.5.2022, 18.30–19.30 hrs
Talk with Birgit Kempker and Markus Stegmann, Director of Museum Langmatt

Thursday, 25.8.2022, 18.30–19.30 hrs
Presentation of the digital book with Birgit Kempker and Esther Hunziker

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Opening times and tickets

Tues.–Fri.14.00–17.00 hrs
Sat. / Sun.11.00–17.00 hrs
Young people under 18:free admission
Standard price of admission:CHF 12
Reduced price of admission:CHF 10
Standard price for event attendance:CHF 15
Reduced price for event attendance:CHF 12