Emil Michael Klein

1982 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Emil Michael Klein is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Switzerland, like other well-known artists such as Le Corbusier, Robert Hardmeyer, Sandra Kunz, Jules Decrauzat, and Roger Frei. Emil Michael Klein was born in 1982.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Emil Michael Klein's work is available on display in Galleria Federico Vavassori in Milan, Italy and Galerie Francesca Pia in Zurich, Switzerland. Emil Michael Klein's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition CURTAINS at Galleria Federico Vavassori in Milan, Italy. The exhibition was open from 14 March 2019 until 18 April 2019. Emil Michael Klein's work has also been exhibited during the Mono Cross exhibition at Galerie Francesca Pia in Zurich, Switzerland (20 February 2020 - 08 April 2020).

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most significant 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 became an significant hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a shelter from political uncertainty elsewhere in Europe. Beforehand, Switzerland had produced 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 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 affluent local clients. Key Swiss artists of the twentieth century include Jean Tingely, Alberto Giacometti, John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Further Biographical Context for Emil Michael Klein

Born in 1982, Emil Michael Klein grew up during the 1990s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse group of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most famous member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet commercial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this outline.

Emil Michael Klein

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