Urs Lüthi

1947 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Urs Lüthi is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in Switzerland, like other well-known artists such as Nicolas Steiner, Bernard Voïta, Jack Vickridge, Marguerite Ammann, and Alexandra Bachzetsis. Urs Lüthi was born in 1947.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Urs Lüthi's work is available on display in several galleries around the globe such as in France and Italy. Some of those galleries are Galerie Piece Unique in Paris, OTTO in Bologna, as well as Studio Giangaleazzo Visconti in Milan. Urs Lüthi most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Studio d'Arte Cannaviello in Milan (28 November 2018 until 22 January 2019) with the exhibition Multipli. Urs Lüthi's work has also been exhibited during the Narration and Performance exhibition at Lullin + Ferrari in Zurich, Switzerland (06 December 2019 - 28 February 2020).

Urs Lüthi in private collections

On Artland Urs Lüthi's art can be found in the collection of Pier Luigi Metelli, who for instance also has works by other artists including Won Sou-Yeol, Sarah Derat, and Alessandro Simonini.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most significant Swiss contribution to the unravelling 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 prominent hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a shelter from political uncertainty elsewhere in Europe. precedingly, 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 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 executed 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 Urs Lüthi

Born in 1947, Urs Lüthi grew up during the 1960s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly astonishing across the globe. Representative of a time stirring both hope and anger, the 1960s triggered an explosion of new ideologies and movements, truly exciting and ground-breaking. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly powerful impact worldwide, largely defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing expectations on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The incredible boom of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism developed the crucial idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the real world. Born of a desire to erase all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key figures. Minimalism became significant through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was an essential by-product of the latter, simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, particular to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies adopted by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism deeply influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to portray the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the lingering anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Urs Lüthi

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 5

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