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Sonja Sekula

1918 - 1963
Lucerne, Switzerland

4 Works exhibited on Kooness

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Works by Sonja Sekula



10.6 x 14.3cm




10.9 x 16cm


Sonja Sekula was born in 1918 in Lucerne and died in 1963 in Zurich.

Sonja Sekula has not been fully recognized for her active role and unique voice within the seminal art movements of the mid-20th century while many of her male counterparts gained wide notoriety during their lifetime. She was born in Lucerne, Switzerland, to a Hungarian father and Swiss mother. In 1936, the family moved to New York, where at the age of eighteen Sekula began her studies in art, philosophy and literature at Sarah Lawrence College. In 1941, she also attended the Art Students League and studied under Morris Kantor and Raphael Soyer. In her mid-twenties, Sekula was heavily involved with the New York surrealists (briefly sharing an apartment on 56th Street with André Breton), as well as the emerging group of abstract expressionists—among her friends and collaborators were Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell. Sekula had several one-person exhibitions at Betty Parsons gallery from 1948–1960 and was included in exhibitions at Peggy Guggenheim’s gallery, Art of This Century. Like her contemporaries, Sekula’s work at this time was heavily influenced by American Indian culture, mythologies, and visual motifs.


Selected solo exhibitions include: Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (2016) Swiss Institute, New York, NY (1996); Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (1996); Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY ( 1948-1952); Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century (1946);  Group exhibitions include: NO EXIT, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY(2017); Pennsylvania Acadamy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (2011); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2010; Dunkelschwestern, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland (2008); Kunstmuseum Winterthur (1995);  The Whitney Museum, New York, NY (1956); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (1954); The Art Institute of Chicago (1952); San Francsisco Museum of Art (1952); The Brooklyn Museum (1949, 1951); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1950).