René Burri

1933 · Switzerland

Artist biography

René Burri is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Switzerland, like other famous artists such as Christoph Draeger, Félix Vallotton, Dominik Eggermann, Cortis & Sonderegger, and Carlo Borer. René Burri was born in 1933.

Galleries and Exhibitions

René Burri's work is available on display in multiple galleries recorded on Artland. Some of those galleries are Bildhalle, Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie, and ArteF in Zurich, Switzerland. René Burri most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at ArteF in Zurich (20 November 2019 until 17 January 2020) with the exhibition A Selection Of Vintage And Contemporary Photographs. René Burri's only other exhibition is MEISTERWERKE, which took place at ArteF in Zurich, Switzerland (09 March 2017 - 01 July 2017).

René Burri in private collections

René Burri's works can be found on Artland in the following collection: Mario Chaparro. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Jesús Herrera Martínez, Won Sou-Yeol, and Tora Aghabayova.

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 metamorphosed into an significant hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a haven from political instability 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 essential 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. Important Swiss artists of the twentieth century include Jean Tingely, Alberto Giacometti, John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Further Biographical Context for René Burri

René Burri was born in 1933 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1950s. During the Post War period, New York City became the international focus for Modernism. During the Second World War, many artists had made their way to the city after having fled in exile from Europe, which resulted in a merging and amalgamation of talent and ideas. Whilst in New York, influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many decades that followed. Important artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In later revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been celebrated, amongst many other female creatives.

René Burri

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 4

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