Matthias Bosshart

1950 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Matthias Bosshart is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in Switzerland, like other well-known artists such as Andreas Mattle, Daniel Häsli, Basile Jeandin, Florian Graf, and Max Sulzbachner. Matthias Bosshart was born in 1950.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Matthias Bosshart's work is on display at Galerie Bob Gysin in Zurich, Switzerland. Matthias Bosshart's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Die Kunst geht weiter... at Galerie Bob Gysin in Zurich, Switzerland. The exhibition was open from 22 March 2018 until 24 March 2018.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most important 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 hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a refuge from political uncertainty elsewhere in Europe. precedingly, Switzerland had originated some quirky and distinctive artists in the Post-Impressionist era 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 autonomous projects were realized in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for wealthy 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 Matthias Bosshart

Born in 1950, Matthias Bosshart was largely influenced by the 1970s growing up. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction to Minimalism, and the leading art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all characteristic of a strong desire to progress and strengthen the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, highlighting some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outsides, initiating early ideas of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given another chance for the first time since the weakening of Abstract Expressionism almost twenty years ago, the genre regained its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The cosmopolitan and sophisticated position that New York city held in the 1960s remained just as influential in the 1970s. With multiple global renowned artists gravitating the galleries and downtown scene, the city once again strengthened its reputation as the artistic hub of the generation. The Arte Povera movement, which emerged in Italy, received international distinction in the 1970s, and leading figures such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto were critically acclaimed.

Matthias Bosshart