Werner Bischof

1916 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Werner Bischof is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Switzerland, like other artists such as Patrizia Pfenninger, H. R. Giger, Tobias Madörin, Mirko Baselgia, and Patrick Tschudi. Werner Bischof was born in 1916.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Werner Bischof's work is available on display in multiple galleries recorded on Artland. The galleries exhibiting Werner Bischof's work include Bildhalle, Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie, as well as ArteF in Zurich, Switzerland. Werner Bischof most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at ArteF in Zurich with the exhibition MEISTERWERKE. The exhibition was open from 09 March 2017 until 01 July 2017. Werner Bischof's work has also been exhibited during the X-MAS MIX exhibition at Flo Peters Gallery in Hamburg, Germany (27 November 2018 - 26 January 2019).

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most significant Swiss contribution to the history of Modernism was the formation 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 prominent centre of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a haven from political instability elsewhere in Europe. precedingly, Switzerland had originated some quirky and distinctive artists in the Post-Impressionist span of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another key 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 independent projects were executed 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 Werner Bischof

Werner Bischof was born in 1916 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1930s. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the era. n Europe, Surrealism continued to be prevail, and had grown to have influence across the globe. Leading artists took the ideas posed by Surrealism and incorporated them into their radical political ideologies, creating a new kind of magic realism. This was exemplified in the work of artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera in Mexico.

Werner Bischof