Adrian Schiess


Artist biography

Adrian Schiess is an artist, who originates from Switzerland, like other famous artists such as Gemis Luciani, Cortis & Sonderegger, Marcel Gähler, John M Armleder, and Glass Pavilion.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Adrian Schiess' work, which are Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder in Vienna, Austria and Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf in Frankfurt, Germany. Adrian Schiess most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Bob Gysin in Zurich (31 May 2019 until 17 October 2019) with the exhibition GALERIE PRIVÉE 2019.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most important Swiss contribution to the unravelling of Modernism was the formation of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916. Its founding members included Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Emmy Hennings, and Marcel Janco. Their headquarters, the Cabaret Voltaire, quickly evolved into an vital hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a shelter from political instability elsewhere in Europe. Prior to that, Switzerland had produced some quirky and extraordinary artists in the Post-Impressionist period of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another major movement that can be connected to a Swiss artist was the ‘International Style’ of modernist architecture, pioneered by Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier may have become a French citizen in 1930, but he was born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret in the Neuchâtel canton of Switzerland in 1887. Indeed, his first independent projects were executed in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for wealthy local clients. Remarkable Swiss artists of the twentieth century include Jean Tingely, Alberto Giacometti, John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Adrian Schiess