gallery portrait

The gallery (founded in 1994) exhibits, promotes and sells works in diverse media (painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, photography, video) by contemporary artists. Characteristics are a certain inwardness, serenity, silence, melancholy, beauty and poetry and a formal language of esthetics, which may lead the viewer to a different and sensitive perception of the world. As the gallery name semina rerum* suggests: „seeds of things“ is understood as a metaphoric expression for the functions of art as messenger from wordless regions, as a mirror of nature in Becoming and vanishing, as a revelation of the inner nature of things and as a bridge to knowledge of existence and life.


photo: Adriana Tripa, Zurich


Irène Preiswerk, native of Basel (Switzerland) is since 1979 in the gallery business. 1980 until 1985 director at M. Knoedler Gallery, Zurich; from 1985 until 1992 director at Turske & Turske Gallery, Zurich. Collaborations in these times with artists as e.g. Robert Motherwell, Armando, Pierpaolo Calzolari, Arnulf Rainer, Magadalena Abakanowicz, Franz Gertsch and James Turrell. Editor of many publications: Louis Soutter, Gustave Klimt/Egon Schiele/James Ensor/Alfred Kubin, Theodoros Stamos, Magdalena Abakanowicz, James Turrell (in collaboration with Oliver Wick) and more. 1998 – 2003 Trustee of the Fotomuseum Winterthur. 


* from De rerum natura by Lucretius, Roman philosopher, ca. 97 – 55 b.c.