John Armleder

John Armleder was born in Geneva in 1948, where he lives and works.


His career spans five decades and synthesises many of the competing aesthetic developments associated with that period. Student of Fluxus in Geneva in the 1960s, and founder of the Ecart group, Armleder was later, in the 1980s, associated with Neo-Geometric Conceptualism. He is known for the variety of his work, which combines Fluxus spirit and abstract painting, readymade and sculpture, performance and room-size installations. As a painter, sculptor and performance artist, Armleder constantly asks questions about what art is, what it can do, and what art is allowed. From room-size installations to abstract paintings, from geometrical constructivist paintings to furniture sculptures and pattern-strewn wallpapers, his art admittedly takes on attributes of Suprematist painting, Minimalist sculpture, Concrete Art and Dada readymades, among other movements.


His work is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Long Museum, Shanghai, China; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland; Museion Foundation - Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Bolzano, Italy; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Biography

Solo exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2023
CH, Experiences, Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully
F, Yakety Yak, MRAC Occitanie
CH, Pour la planète, Palais Galerie, Neuchâtel
2022
D, Solid Coated, Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
CH, John Armleder – Furniture Sculptures, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz
2021
F, John Armleder, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
PRC, Again, Just Again, Rockbund Art Museum
PRC, Sequitur, Almine Rech Gallery
2020
The John Armleder and Rob Pruitt Show, Massimo De Carlo, VSpace
B, It Never Ends, Kanal Centre Pompidou
F, White Plate, White Cup, Galerie Jean Brolly
2019
USA, Sh/Ash/Lash/Splash, David Kordansky Gallery
CH, Quicksand II, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain (MAMCO)
USA, Spoons, moons and masks, Aspen Art Museum
D, John M Armleder, Schirn Kunsthalle
2018
CH, Déjà, Galerie Andrea Caratsch
I, 360° Curated by Andrea Viliani, Silvia Salvati, Madre - Museo d'arte contemporanea Donnaregina
I, Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, Museion
F, John M Armleder, Almine Rech Gallery
CH, Sans Titre, Gare Cornavin - passage Montbrillant
2017
IT, Split! Curated by Andrea Viliani, Museo e Real Bosco Di Capodimonte
F, À rebours, La Salle de Bains
I, Better, Quasi, Massimo De Carlo
I, Stockage, Istituto Svizzero di Roma
USA, John M Armleder Curated by Nicolas Trembley, Almine Rech Gallery
UK, RCHX, Massimo De Carlo, London
2016
I, Endless, Museion
GR, John M Armleder, Athens School of Fine Arts
A, Fish, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman
2015
I, Let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it Shine. It’s Xmas again! Curated by Cloe Piccoli, La Rinascente
CH, Art Basel Unlimited, Basel
I, Charivari, Massimo De Carlo
Group exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2024
CH, Never-Nevermore, Lovay Fine Arts,, Genève
F, Renverser la tâche, Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint-Paul-de-Vence
2023
F, Parler avec elles, Frac MÉCA, Bordeaux
CH, NEO-GEO +, 1986-2018 : une sélection dans la collection du FCAC, Société des Arts, Palais de l’Athénée, Geneva
F, Retroperturbations, Atheneum, Centre culturel de l’Université de Bourgogne avec le Consortium Museum, Dijon
CH, De Albrecht Dürer à Andy Warhol. Chefs-d’œuvre de la Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich, MASI Lugano, Lugano
CH, Biennale Crans Montana, Guarda Golf Hotel & Residence, Crans Montana
CH, Experiences, Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully
D, UNTIEFEN, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen
USA, 20, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
I, Room Service, MASSIMODECARLO, Milano
2022
CH, &, MAMCO Genève
CH, Geometric Opulence, Museum Haus Konstruktiv
PRC, Reflections: Party Fiction, WOAW gallery
I, Winter Wunderkammer, MASSIMODECARLO, VSpace
A, What Can Artists Do Now?, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Vienna
I, InterAction, Fondazione Made in Cloister, Napoli
CH, Open House, Genthod, Genève
2021
B, It Never Ends - Part 2, Kanal Centre Pompidou
I, Stop Painting, Fondazione Prada, Venezia
PRC, Light Falls, Blanc Art Group
I, Il sogno di Antonio: un viaggio tra arte e tessuto, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como
PRC, Light Falls, MASSIMODECARLO BEIJING Pop-UP at Blanc Art Group, Beijing
I, Villa Chiuminatto, Villa Chiuminatto, Torino
I, X_Minimal, Cassina Projects, Milano
CH, Môtiers - Art en plein air
F, Un Hiver à Gstaad Paris, Galerie Almine Rech
D, Ich hab im Traum die Schweiz Gesehn, Galerie Tan
I, Antonio's Dream: A Journey Through Art and Textile, Villa Olmo
CH, Open House, Genthod
2020
F, Summer, Almine Rech Gallery
PRC, Spring, Almine Rech Gallery

Bibliography

Year
Author, Publication Title, Date
2021
RTBF Culture, February 1,
RTBF Culture, April
2020
Languin, Irène, TdG Culture
2019
Viola, Eugenio, Arte, August
2018
Annarumma, Maria Teresa, Flash Art, October/November
Gianquitto, Diana, Artribune, September/October
Moschin, Claudio, La Voce di New York, September
The Art Newspaper, June
Mamco Journal
2017
Neuendorf, Henri, Artnet.com
Voien, Guelda, Observer.com
Alm, David, Forbes.com
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter, KCRW.com
Casavecchia, Barbara, Mousse, November
Godino, Federico, Artribune, November
Pola, Francesca, Artforum, December
Colombo, Daniela, Arteecritica
2016
Arte Magazine, 9 May
Baku, Winter
2015
Meneguzzo, Marco, ArtForum, Summer
Galbiati, Monica, julietartmagazine.com, March 9th
2014
Bellini, Andrea e Graff Jeanne, Kaleidoscope, Summer
Duray, Dan, ARTNEWS, November
2012
Walleston, Aimee, Art in America, 10 February
Latimer, Quinn, frieze, January-February
Klein, Michael, Artwrit
Titolo, A., Artribune, January-February
2011
Stroun, Fabrice, Artforum, April
Rumney, Sandro e Gregory Volk, Away, Exhibition Catalogue. Venezia,, Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Chaillou, Timothée, www.slash-paris.com, December 9th
D'Aurizio, Michele, KALEIDOSCOPE, Fall
2010
Ibrido - Genetica delle forme d’arte, Exhibition Catalogue. Milano, PAC, March

Public collections

Country
Location
Austria
Sammlung Ludwig/Museum Xx. Jahrhundert, Wien
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Wien
China
Long Museum, Shanghai
Denmark
Kunstmuseum, Aarhus
Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek
France
Centre National d'Art et de la Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris
FNAC - Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain Bourgogne, Dijon
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain Bretagne, Châteaugiron
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain Grand Large, Houts-de-France
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain Pays de Loire, Carquefou
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, Alsace
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, Aquitaine
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, Artothèque du Limousin
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, Nord-Pas de Calais
Le Consortium, Dijon
Les Abattoirs de Toulouse, Toulouse Artothèque de Caen, Caen
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon
Germany
Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Berlin
Kunstsammlungen zu Weimar - Neues Museum, Weimar
Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart
Städel Museum, Frankfurt
Weimar Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin
ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst & Medienmuseum, Karlsruhe Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart
Greece
Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens
Iceland
Nýlistasafni - The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik
Italy
Capodimonte Real Bosco Museum, Napoli
Museion Foundation - Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Bolzano
Trevi Flash Art Museum of Contemporary Art, Trevi
Lebanon
Aishti Foundation, Beirut

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