Maxime Bondu

1985 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Maxime Bondu is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Switzerland, like other renowned artists such as Mario Sala, Christoph Schreiber, Julian Charrière, Shahryar Nashat, and Coghuf. Maxime Bondu was born in 1985.


Maxime Bondu most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Jérôme Poggi in Paris with the exhibition La Peur au Ventre. The exhibition was open from 25 January 2020 until 14 March 2020. Maxime Bondu's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Counter Space in Switzerland (31 January 2018 - 04 February 2018) with the name Art Genève 2018 and Häusler Contemporary | Zurich in Switzerland (28 August 2019 - 11 October 2019) with the name Was erzählt die Romandie?. Maxime Bondu's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Art Genève 2018 and took place at Counter Space in Zurich, Switzerland from the 31 January 2018 to 04 February 2018.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most important Swiss contribution to the development of Modernism was the formation of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916. Its founding 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 centre of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a shelter from political instability elsewhere in Europe. Beforehand, 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 key movement that can be connected to a Swiss artist was the ‘International Style’ of modernist architecture, pioneered by Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier may 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 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 Maxime Bondu

Maxime Bondu was born in 1985 and was largely influenced by the 1990s. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was rebellious yet commercial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this agenda.

Maxime Bondu