Yves Mettler

1976 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Yves Mettler is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Switzerland, like other prominent artists such as Max Kämpf, Charlotte Hopkins Hall, Blanca Blarer, Cortis & Sonderegger, and Fabrice Gygi. Yves Mettler was born in 1976.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Yves Mettler is represented by Georg Kargl Fine Arts located in Vienna, Austria. Yves Mettler most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Georg Kargl Fine Arts in Vienna (14 September 2018 until 03 November 2018) with the exhibition VIENNA TRANSIT.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most important Swiss contribution to the history 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 became an vital hub 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 major 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 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 Yves Mettler

Born in 1976, Yves Mettler's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this decade. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time leading art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Yves Mettler