Reto Boller

1966 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Reto Boller is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Switzerland. Reto Boller was born in 1966. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Pipilotti Rist and Ugo Rondinone.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Reto Boller is represented by two galleries, Galerie Mark Müller and Häusler Contemporary | Zurich in Switzerland. Reto Boller most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Mark Müller in Zurich with the exhibition XXX die I.. The exhibition was open from 10 January 2020 until 28 February 2020. Reto Boller's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Mark Müller in Zurich (07 June 2019 - 19 July 2019) with the name Single, but happy and Galerie Mark Müller in Zurich (12 April 2019 - 31 May 2019) with the name Einmal täglich.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most significant Swiss contribution to the development of Modernism was the establishment 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 vital hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a haven from political instability elsewhere in Europe. Prior to that, Switzerland had originated some quirky and extraordinary artists in the Post-Impressionist era of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another major 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 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 Reto Boller

Born in 1966, Reto Boller was primarily inspired by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a turbulent time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were an important decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Reto Boller