Beat Zoderer

1955 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Beat Zoderer is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Switzerland, like other renowned artists such as Romain Mader, Britta Huttenlocher, Matteo Emery, Andreas Pedrett, and Claudia Mueller. Beat Zoderer was born in 1955.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Beat Zoderer's work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in the United Kingdom, Austria, and Germany. The galleries exhibiting Beat Zoderer's work include Bartha Contemporary in London, Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska in Salzburg, as well as Taubert Contemporary in Berlin. Beat Zoderer most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Bartha Contemporary in London with the exhibition New Space | New Work. The exhibition was open from 09 September 2019 until 26 September 2019. Beat Zoderer's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; REFLEX II The Brain Closer Than The Eye (22 February 2018 - 05 May 2018) at Bartha Contemporary in London and »first appearance« (26 January 2019 - 03 April 2019) at Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska in Salzburg. Beat Zoderer's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called REFLEX II The Brain Closer Than The Eye and took place at Bartha Contemporary in London, the United Kingdom from the 22 February 2018 to 05 May 2018.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most significant Swiss contribution to the history of Modernism was the establishment 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 important centre of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a haven from political uncertainty elsewhere in Europe. Prior to that, Switzerland had originated some quirky and distinctive artists in the Post-Impressionist span of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another major movement that can be attributed to a Swiss artist was the ‘International Style’ of modernist architecture, pioneered by Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier might 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 affluent local clients. Remarkable Swiss artists of the twentieth century include Jean Tingely, Alberto Giacometti, John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Further Biographical Context for Beat Zoderer

Beat Zoderer was born in 1955 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a response to Minimalism, and the dominant art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that ensued were all representative of a strong desire to evolve and strengthen the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous 1960s. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, highlighting some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outsides, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given another chance for the first time since the weakening of Abstract Expressionism almost two decades, the genre regained its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and fame, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a key figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-platform activity that no other visual artist OF his standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. Street art started to appear as a true and recognized form of art towards the end of the 1970s. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring were pioneers in proving that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Driven by graffiti art, street art from its earliest days proved that it could endure in a perpetual flux of self-transformation, endlessly shifting the boundaries of modern art, becoming a truly ground-breaking artistic genre.

Beat Zoderer

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