Canton Graubünden honours writer Pedretti

Writer and artist Erica Pedretti has been awarded canton Graubünden’s prize for cultural achievements, a Swiss regional government official said Thursday.

This content was published on September 30, 1999 - 15:52

Writer and artist Erica Pedretti has been awarded canton Graubünden’s prize for cultural achievements, a Swiss regional government official said Thursday.

The award ceremony and the handover of the SFr15,000 ($10,000) prize money will take place on November 12.

Pedretti is honoured for both her literary work – such as her book “The Stones” – and her sculptures and installations.

Pedretti is one of Switzerland’s most prominent female artists and writers. She was born in Czechoslovakia in 1930, moved to Switzerland in 1945 and attended Zurich Art School. She worked in New York as a silversmith for a while but eventually married painter Gian Pedretti in 1952 and returned to Switzerland.

She had lived in canton Graubünden for over 20 years, but moved to La Neuveville in canton Berne in 1974.

From staff and wire reports.

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