Elisabeth Wild (b. 1922), Untitled, 2016, Collage, 24,5 x 19,5 cm

Into the New Year with Elisabeth Wild

Ricola’s New Year’s card features one of Elisabeth Wild’s small-format collages from the Ricola Collection. Wild, who was born to a Jewish family in Vienna in 1922 and won acclaim for her work only at a very advanced age, had works of hers exhibited at documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017.

The young Elisabeth fled Europe and the Nazi threat together with her parents Franz and Stefanie Pollak in 1938. They settled in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Elisabeth worked as a textile designer. Her Swiss husband, August Wild, was in the textile business, and when the couple moved to Basel, Elisabeth became an antiques dealer. She returned to Latin America in 1996, and since then has lived together with her daughter, the artist Vivian Suter and her family, on a former coffee plantation in Guatemala. Suter herself had works exhibited at documenta 14, and pieces by her have featured in the Ricola Collection since the 1980s. She also created an advertisement for Ricola, which over the past few years has been published in several arts and culture magazines. A film called Vivian’s Garden by the British film-maker Rosalind Nashashibi paints an impressive portrait of the two women and the relationship between them.


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