Yves Netzhammer

1970 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Yves Netzhammer is a mid-career established artist, who originates from Switzerland. Yves Netzhammer was born in 1970. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Pipilotti Rist and Ugo Rondinone.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Yves Netzhammer's work is available for viewing at Galerie Anita Beckers in Frankfurt, Germany. Yves Netzhammer's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Die Pflege der Argumente at Galerie Mark Müller in Zurich, Switzerland. The exhibition was open from 10 March 2018 until 14 April 2018. Yves Netzhammer's work has also been exhibited during the Walsers Briefe exhibition at Robert Walser-Zentrum in Bern, Switzerland (20 October 2018 - 20 October 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 initial 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 vital centre 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 originated some quirky and distinctive artists in the Post-Impressionist period 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 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 autonomous 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 Yves Netzhammer

Yves Netzhammer was born in 1970 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a controversial public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, the controversial, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres characterised the cultural tone of the era.

Yves Netzhammer