Hélène Binet

1959 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Hélène Binet is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from Switzerland, like other artists such as Anna B. Wiesendanger, Roy Andres Hofer, Filip Haag, Douglas Mandry, and Urs Frei. Hélène Binet was born in 1959.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Hélène Binet's work is available for viewing at ammann gallery in Cologne, Germany. Hélène Binet's work has most recently been exhibited at Large Glass in London (26 September 2019 until 22 November 2019) with the exhibition Time After Time. Hélène Binet's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; ammann//gallery PAD London 2019 (29 September 2019 - 05 October 2019) at ammann gallery in Cologne and ammann//gallery at The Salon Art + Design 2019 (13 November 2019 - 17 November 2019) at ammann gallery in Cologne. Hélène Binet's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Art Cologne 2019 and took place at ammann gallery in Cologne, Germany from the 10 April 2019 to 13 April 2019.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most significant Swiss contribution to the history of Modernism was the formation of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916. Its initial 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 centre of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a haven from political instability elsewhere in Europe. Beforehand, 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 key movement that can be connected 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 wealthy 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 Hélène Binet

Born in 1959, Hélène Binet was predominantly influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central strains of the preceding decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the spacious outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first kind of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. Towards the end of the 1970s, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some validity as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate during the next decade.

Hélène Binet

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