Sylvie Fleury

1961 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Sylvie Fleury is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Switzerland. Sylvie Fleury was born in 1961. Also born in Switzerland around 1961 and of the same generation are Pipilotti Rist and Ugo Rondinone.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Sylvie Fleury's work is on display in 16 galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom, Belgium, and France. Galleries include Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | London in the United Kingdom, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Salzburg Halle in Austria, and Almine Rech Gallery | Brussels in Belgium. Sylvie Fleury's work has most recently been exhibited at Mehdi Chouakri | Mommsenstrasse in Berlin (13 January 2020 until 31 January 2020) with the exhibition Material matters. Sylvie Fleury's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Dittrich & Schlechtriem in Germany (07 February 2020 - 10 April 2020) with the name Duna Bianca and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Salzburg Villa Kast in Austria (25 November 2019 - 20 December 2019) with the name Charity. Sylvie Fleury's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called The Future is Female and took place at Francis Boeske Projects in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from the 26 May 2018 to 14 July 2018.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most important 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 evolved into an significant centre of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a haven from political instability elsewhere in Europe. Beforehand, Switzerland had produced 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 affluent 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 Sylvie Fleury

Sylvie Fleury was born in 1961 and was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous 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 atmosphere. The 1980s were a significant decade politically, 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 key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Sylvie Fleury

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