Hans-Jörg Glattfelder

  •  Born in Zurich in 1939
  • 1963 : Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence where he settles.
  • 1966 :  First solo exhibition at the Milanese Gallery « Numero » of Fiamma Vigo
  • 1968 : Participates in many group exhibitions of the European constructivist movement with his « Pyramids » constructions (pyramid-shaped thermoplastic elements that he assembles in coloured shapes).
  • 1970 : Moves to Milan where his interest in the relationship between art and science grows stronger
  • 1977 :  Conceives a series of works that he calls « Non-Euclidean Metamorphoses » after studying the recent evolution of geometric thought.
  • 1987 : Receives the « Camille Graeser Prize » in Zurich.
  • 1990 : Takes a sabbatical year in New York on a scholarship from the City of Zurich. Becomes friends with the artist Leon Polk Smith.
  • 1992 : Retrospective exhibition at the Josef-Albers-Museum in Bottrop, Germany
  • Lives and works in Paris

Hans Jörg Glattfelder studied at the University and the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich. In the 1960s he devoted himself to painting, following the trend of Zurich concrete art. His paintings, which are founded on the use of systems, are based on regular structures and allow him to study the interplay of colours in the pictorial field. From the observation of these visual changes, Glattfelder became more and more interested in the problems of instability of forms and their modifications (Grosser Horizont, 1982). He rediscovers the use of perspective and the illusionistic representation of the depth. By modifying the representation of the artwork’s surface, he transforms its silhouette and ends up with a shaped painting that recovers the use of the accelerated perspective.

Extract from the Larousse book « Dictionary of Painting ».

Hans Jörg Glattfelder is one of the most important contemporary figures in the field of concrete and constructive art. Following in the footsteps of the Zurich Concretists such as Bill, Graeser, Loewensberg and Lohse, Hans Jörg Glattfelder is interested in the evolution of a plastic language dedicated to clarity and by asking rational questions. His artworks, which often refer to mathematical and scientific sources, appeal and fascinate, by their intellectual interest, as well as by their aesthetic qualities.

Public collections

  • Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève, Suisse
  • Kunsthaus Zürich, Suisse
  • Museum für konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Allemagne
  • Josef-Albers-Museum, Bottrop, Allemagne
  • Museo d’arte moderna, Parma, Italie
  • Museo d’arte moderna, Torino, Italie
  • Espace de l’art concret, Mouans-Sartoux, France

Exhibitions (selection)

2019 : « Conquêtes Spatiales », Galerie Wagner, Paris, France
“Sciences cachées”, Galerie Wagner, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France

2018 : Salon Art Elysée, Paris, Galerie Wagner, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France

2017 : « Couleurs Plurielles », Galerie Wagner, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France

2016 : « Affinités abstraites I II III – IV V », Galerie Wagner, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France

2015 : « Affinités abstraites hiver 2015 », Galerie Wagner, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France

2010 : Kunsthaus-Rehau, Allemagne

2008 : Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, Allemagne

2007 : Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg, Allemagne

2006 : Museum für konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Allemagne

2004 : Espace de l’art concret, Mouans-Sartoux, France

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