artists & participants
The MAGASIN is starting its season with a portrait of the artist Olivier Mosset. The exhibition takes the form of a tribute, gathering works by different artists, but never showing Olivier Mosset’s own work. The artists are of all generations, from Carl Andre to Stéphane Kropf including the famous group of artists 1m3 among the youngest. As a key figure of the artistic scene and part of a family with the same artistic sensitivity, Olivier Mosset keeps close links with them. He collects or swaps works with them. He has today gathered an important collection, most of which was offered to the Musée de la Chaux-de-Fonds. Other works are to be found at the MAMCO in Geneva, the Consortium in Dijon and in Tucson.
The exhibition aims at drawing a portrait of the artist through a series of rooms organized around different specific subjects. A first room will introduce his roots, with Chardin’s engravings (given each year by his grandfather to his colleagues), or Gregoire Müller’s portrait. Another one will highlight portraits of Olivier Mosset with Steven Parrino’s photographs of him and acrylic paintings by Walter Steding. Another room will reveal quotations, borrowings and copies (from Hugo Pernet in particular). The following rooms will show monochrome paintings, floor-based works, and the indestructible link between Olivier Mosset and the bikers world.
Short biography: Olivier Mosset was born in 1944 in Bern, but he currently lives and works in Tucson, Arizona (USA). At the end of the sixties, as a member of the BMTP group with Daniel Buren, he eventually settled in the USA where he has been developing his work and career.
Bibliography: Olivier Mosset : Travaux 1966-2003/Arbeiten 1966-2003/Works 1966-2003, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne - Kunstverein St Gallen, 2003.