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Guido Baselgia

*1953 Chur, lives in Malans www.baselgia.ch

  • Polylepis I/2016
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 25
  • Size of image: 41,00 cm x 51,50 cm
  • Size: 67,00 cm x 76,00 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 700.00
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  • Polylepis II/2016
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 25
  • Size of image: 41,00 cm x 51,50 cm
  • Size: 67,00 cm x 76,00 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 700.00
  • Sold
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  • Polylepis III/2016
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 25
  • Size of image: 41,00 cm x 51,50 cm
  • Size: 67,00 cm x 76,00 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 700.00
  • Sold
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  • All 3 works (I-III/2016)
  • Edition of: 25
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 1900.00
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The works of Guido Baselgia, which have been published in the VFO so far, were explorations of untouched landscapes of his origin, the Engadin. With his new works he now takes the viewer into the distance, into a jungle in the highlands of the Andes - into a climate zone of extremes in Ecuador. A refuge situated over 3600 meters above sea level is the retreat of the "Bosque Polylepis". The oldest trees are well over 1000 years old. They grow very slowly and shed their skin again and again to protect against frost and pests. The time seems immeasurable, in the course of which an enchanting wilderness has settled over the former moraine landscape. Penetrated by the light of dusk, the finest details appear even in the deepest shadows of the forest - "views of nature" one might say!

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  • Alv 1/2012
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 69,00 cm x 53,00 cm
  • Size: 80,00 cm x 60,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 600.00
  • available
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  • Alv 2/2012
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 69,00 cm x 53,00 cm
  • Size: 80,00 cm x 60,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 600.00
  • available
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  • Alv 3/2012
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 69,00 cm x 53,00 cm
  • Size: 80,00 cm x 60,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 600.00
  • available
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  • All 3 works (1-3/2012) together
  • Edition of: 35
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 1600.00
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"Alv1, 2, and 3" show surfaces of stone and rock without perspective. Guido Baselgia has photographed rock faces in Engadin, translated the stone images onto the stone printing plate and transferred them onto the paper as an image. The prints with their strong black and white contrasts create a seemingly haptic experience of the rough surface and make us forget their origin in photography. Instead, they are reminiscent of charcoal or graphite drawings or even frottage. Are we standing in front of a rock face or are we just looking at a single stone? Suddenly, the wide stone surfaces turn into direct imprints of the elementary particles of the mountain itself - the smallest is reflected in the big picture. Stone drawings in the truest sense of the word.

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  • Morteratsch I/2010
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 25
  • Size of image: 36,50 cm x 45,00 cm
  • Size: 55,50 cm x 63,00 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 500.00
  • Sold
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  • Morteratsch II/2010
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 25
  • Size of image: 36,50 cm x 45,00 cm
  • Size: 55,50 cm x 63,00 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 500.00
  • Sold
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Series

  • Diptychon (I+II/2010) together
  • Edition of: 25
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 940.00
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After "Terrenzlas" (2008) and "Surlej" (2009), "Morteratsch" is the third work for the VFO, which now wonderfully blends into a trilogy of alpine images. While "Terrenzlas" has graphic and "Surlej" painterly echoes, "Morteratsch" now appears very sculptural. The two heliogravures - which in turn are designed as diptychs - do not show the topographical extension of the landscape, but rather the aggregate state of nature, spaceless and timeless, as if from another world. Water or sand, ice or rock, large or small? Guido Baselgia's works are not images of a landscape, they are images of the earth. Elementary forms, in transition to abstraction, honed by the elemental forces of this earth - the interior view of the glacier remains mysterious. They are perfect sections of a glacial world, fascinating and irritating at the same time.

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  • Surlej I/09
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 25
  • Size of image: 36,40 cm x 45,20 cm
  • Size: 55,00 cm x 63,30 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 500.00
  • Sold
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  • Surlej II/09
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 25
  • Size of image: 36,40 cm x 45,20 cm
  • Size: 55,00 cm x 63,30 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 500.00
  • Sold
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Series

  • Diptychon (I/09+II/09 together
  • Edition of: 25
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 940.00
  • Sold
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Guido Baselgia travels to remote areas of the earth for his works, whose immensity and uniformity override all customary standards and orientation aids. His pictures illustrate and explain nothing - they create their own, alien new reality. His most recent cycle of works, "Silberschicht" (HatjeCantz, 2008), created in the Atacama Desert and in the Bolivian Altiplano, are photographs in the true sense of the word. Again and again he also creates works in the Engadin, the landscape into which he was born. Images in which space and time merge into one another. Landscapes of the soul. The diptych "Surlej" was created on the shore of Lake Silvaplana. A rare phenomenon of natural forces on this scale: the once frozen lake level breaks up after a storm. "I look at a piece of horizonless world in its raw state". A time-space in relief. Water and wind, cold and gravity are here the forces of "being to becoming". Photography as a physical phenomenon makes the eye and the senses merge. Its exposure has become brushstrokes of shadow and light.

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  • Terrenzlas 1/2008
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 25
  • Size of image: 36,40 cm x 45,20 cm
  • Size: 55,00 cm x 63,30 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 500.00
  • Sold
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  • Terrenzlas 2/2008
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 25
  • Size of image: 36,40 cm x 45,20 cm
  • Size: 55,00 cm x 63,30 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 500.00
  • Sold
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Since the 1990s, Guido Baselgia has increasingly dealt with themes that have a concrete connection with his immediate living space. In particular, the landscape of the Engadine, where he grew up, as well as Northern Europe and now also South America, characterize his work. On the diptych Terrenzlas: "The rays of the sun melt the snow in elevated places in the meadows and dumps, while it still remains in the hollows. Dark areas of earth appear in the white of the snowy landscape. The sun draws a landscape image, so to speak, on the surface of the earth. In the Romansh-speaking world one speaks of 'Terrenzlas'. They are the signs of nature, a 'measurement of time', which announce the nearby alpine spring and remind us of past and forthcoming alpine journeys. Terrenzlas I and II' wonderfully combine the landscape drawn by the sun with the intaglio process of heliogravure ('sun drawing'). The etched copper plate is in turn a 'landscape of Terrenzlas' in so far as the ink remains in the depressions of the copper plate ('the snow in the hollows'), which leaves its mark when it is pulled off on the handmade paper."(Guido Baselgia)

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