Otto Staiger

1894 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Otto Staiger is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Switzerland, like other renowned artists such as Olga Titus, Shahryar Nashat, Tobias Weber, Kilian Rüthemann, and Luc Mattenberger. Otto Staiger was born in 1894.

Otto Staiger's Gallery representation

Otto Staiger's work is on display at Galerie Carzaniga in Basel, Switzerland.

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 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 prominent centre of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a haven from political uncertainty elsewhere in Europe. Beforehand, Switzerland had produced 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 executed 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 Otto Staiger

Born in 1894, Otto Staiger was largely influenced by the 1900s and 1910s growing up. The first decades of the 20th century were defined by the dynamic development of visual and pictorial art. These decades were an time of experimentation, with artists exploring into ideas surrounding Post-Impressionism, Expressionism and Abstraction. These developments inspired artist communities and collectives across the globe, with many groups exploring a variety of methods of expressing their ideas. Across the world, Expressive painting continued to be explored and developed in a number of countries. In France in the early 1900s, the Nabis explored this movement, and were soon followed by German groups such as Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter. Through this movement the careers of some legendary artists such as Kirchner, Franz Marc, and Wassily Kandinsky were grew.

Otto Staiger

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