Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

1945 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Jean-Frédéric Schnyder is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in Switzerland, like other renowned artists such as Hugo Weber, Charlotte Hopkins Hall, Markus Raetz, Claudia Ginocchio, and Luciano Castelli. Jean-Frédéric Schnyder was born in 1945.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Jean-Frédéric Schnyder is represented and exhibited by Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal located in Zurich, Switzerland. Jean-Frédéric Schnyder most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich with the exhibition Solo Exhibition. The exhibition was open from 31 August 2019 until 04 October 2019. Jean-Frédéric Schnyder's only other exhibition is Solo exhibition, which took place at Galerie Eva Presenhuber | New York in the United States (07 March 2020 - 19 April 2020).

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most important Swiss contribution to the unravelling of Modernism was the establishment 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 metamorphosed into an significant centre of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a haven 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 essential 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 realized 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 Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

Born in 1945, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder grew up during the 1960s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. Artistically, the decade began with the twin movements of Pop and Minimalism emerging at a similar time. On one hand, Pop championed the visual culture of the mainstream and mass media, and of products and consumerism. Artwork by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Claes Oldenberg was inspired by the popular culture of the fast developing Capitalism of the United States, using things like advertising, comic books and ideas surrounding celebrity culture as their primary visual cues. A parallel movement developed on the West Coast in California - a strain that also related to language in art, and is viewed as the initial blossoming of conceptual art. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, based solely on line, colour and geometric form as key components of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Colour Field painting, as practiced by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, further explored some of the expressive notions of Abstract Expressionism, but stripped away much of the rhetoric, instead approaching a more rule-based approach to surface and colour that related this practice to Minimalism. Globally, many artistic movements echoed the artistic concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional specialisms and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni developed Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker adopted similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of creativity for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti becoming known worldwide for their idiosyncratic approaches to the human form and the angst related to the human condition.

Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

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