Uwe Wittwer

1954 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Uwe Wittwer is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Switzerland, like other famous artists such as Ramaya Tegegne, Otto Staiger, Gerda Steiner, Flurin Bisig, and Jonathan Heyer. Uwe Wittwer was born in 1954.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Uwe Wittwer's work is on display in 3 galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Germany. Galleries include Parafin in London, Lullin + Ferrari in Zurich, as well as Galerie Judin in Berlin. Uwe Wittwer's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Peter Kilchmann in Zurich (12 January 2019 until 23 February 2019) with the exhibition Im Walde.

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 initial 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 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 produced 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 attributed 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 autonomous projects were realized in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for wealthy 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 Uwe Wittwer

Uwe Wittwer was born in 1954, grew up during the 1970s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central stresses of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the spacious outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly powerful figures worldwide. New York maintained an influential position in the international art world, ensuring that international artists continued to flock to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. The largely Italian Arte Povera Movement gained world-wide recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto achieving global acclaim.

Uwe Wittwer

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