Sabian Baumann

1962 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Sabian Baumann is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from Switzerland. Sabian Baumann was born in 1962. Artists Pipilotti Rist and Ugo Rondinone are of the same generation and same country as Sabian Baumann.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Sabian Baumann is represented by Galerie Mark Müller in Zurich, Switzerland. Sabian Baumann is at the moment exhibiting at Galerie Mark Müller in Zurich with the exhibition Näher beim Mond (07 March 2020 - 18 April 2020).

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most significant Swiss contribution to the history 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 evolved into an vital hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a refuge from political instability elsewhere in Europe. Beforehand, Switzerland had originated some quirky and distinctive artists in the Post-Impressionist period 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 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 Sabian Baumann

Born in 1962, Sabian Baumann was predominantly inspired by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the nineteen eighties was influenced by a period of quickly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. influential art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain recognition, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Sabian Baumann