John Armleder

1948 · Switzerland

Artist biography

John Armleder is an established contemporary artist, who was born in Switzerland, like other renowned artists such as Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, Leopold Rabus, Rebekka Steiger, Esther Ernst, and Markus Baenziger. John Armleder was born in 1948.

Galleries and Exhibitions

John Armleder's work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Italy. Some of those galleries are Massimo De Carlo | London and 10 Hanover Street in the United Kingdom, and Edition Copenhagen in Denmark. John Armleder's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition ALENTOUR at CAB in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 24 April 2019 until 22 June 2019. John Armleder's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Massimo De Carlo | Hong Kong in China (09 January 2020 - 28 March 2020) with the name Clown's Way and Air de Paris in France (11 March 2018 - 22 July 2018) with the name Le Paradoxe de l’iceberg. John Armleder's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Collection 100 % and took place at GDM | Paris in France from the 01 January 2018 to 31 March 2018.

John Armleder in private collections

On Artland John Armleder's works can be found in the following collection: cawdor which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Qafar Rzayev, Isabel Alonso Vega, and Mar Hernández.

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 became 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 produced some quirky and distinctive artists in the Post-Impressionist era 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 wealthy local clients. Important Swiss artists of the twentieth century include Jean Tingely, Alberto Giacometti, John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Further Biographical Context for John Armleder

Born in 1948, John Armleder's creative work was largely influenced by the 1960s. The 1960s were an explosive decade internationally, witnessing a proliferation of modernist ideas and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the start of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the 20th century, and was epitomised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place across the globe. Psychedelia, an massive increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further defined the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, focused 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. Pop Art was a prominent offshoot of minimalism, a discipline that became renowned through the work of artists like Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Around the world many artistic movements echoed the artistic concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional fortes 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 creatives, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their distinguishing approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

John Armleder

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 8

Looking for available works of this artist? Let us help you!

None of our partner galleries has added works for sale of this artist. If you are interested in seeing available works we will get in touch with galleries that represent this artist and get back to you.