Martin Disler

1949 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Martin Disler is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Switzerland, like other renowned artists such as Marc Rembold, Kunsthof Zurich, Franz Roth, Fernand Léger And Wifredo Lam, and Olympia Scarry. Martin Disler was born in 1949.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Martin Disler's work is on display in 4 galleries around the world, in countries such as Italy and Germany. Galleries include Studio d'Arte Cannaviello in Milan, as well as Buchmann Box and Mehdi Chouakri | Fasanenplatz in Berlin. Martin Disler most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Studio d'Arte Cannaviello in Milan (28 November 2018 until 22 January 2019) with the exhibition Multipli. Martin Disler's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; (Self)Portraits (22 February 2020 - 18 July 2020) at Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland and Art Düsseldorf 2019 | Booth F11 (11 November 2019 - 17 November 2019) at Galerie Knoell in Switzerland. Martin Disler's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Multipli and took place at Studio d'Arte Cannaviello in Milan, Italy from the 28 November 2018 to 22 January 2019.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most significant 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 important hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a refuge from political uncertainty elsewhere in Europe. Prior to that, Switzerland had originated some quirky and distinctive artists in the Post-Impressionist period 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 realized 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 Martin Disler

Born in 1949, Martin Disler's creative work was largely inspired by the 1960s. Artistically, the decade began with the twin movements of Pop and Minimalism emerging parallel to each other. On one hand, Pop espoused 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 rapidly developing Capitalism of the United States, taking 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 developments 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 key figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was an influential offshoot of minimalism, a discipline that became renowned through the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Globally, a number of artistic movements echoed the creative concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional specialties 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 inspiration for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their idiosyncratic approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

Martin Disler