Olivier Mosset

1944 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Olivier Mosset is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Switzerland, like other celebrated artists such as Silvio Maraini, Klaus Lutz, Taiyo Onorato, Rolf Sachs, and Marie José Burki. Olivier Mosset was born in 1944.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Olivier Mosset is represented by several galleries around the world, including countries like the United Kingdom, Belgium, and France. Some of those galleries are Campoli Presti | London and Massimo De Carlo | London in the United Kingdom, and QG Gallery in Belgium. Olivier Mosset's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition The Armory Show at Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire in Paris, France. The exhibition was open from 05 March 2020 until 08 March 2020. Olivier Mosset's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Gagosian | Geneva in Switzerland (28 January 2020 - 02 April 2020) with the name Solo Exhibition and Gagosian | Paris in France (15 January 2020 - 06 March 2020) with the name Blanc sur Blanc. Olivier Mosset's first recorded 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.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most important Swiss contribution to the unravelling 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 significant centre of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a refuge from political instability elsewhere in Europe. precedingly, Switzerland had originated some quirky and extraordinary artists in the Post-Impressionist span of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another key 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 realized in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for affluent 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 Olivier Mosset

Olivier Mosset was born in 1944 and was largely inspired by the 1960s growing up. Artistically, the decade began with the twin movements of Pop and Minimalism emerging at a similar time. 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 fast developing Capitalism of the United States, using things like advertising, comic books and ideas surrounding celebrity culture as their main 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 very first 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 significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was a prominent offshoot of minimalism, a discipline made famous by through the work of artists like Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Globally, many artistic movements echoed the artistic concerns of the above 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 espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti becoming known worldwide for their idiosyncratic approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

Olivier Mosset

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