Born in 1966 in Basel and best known for his conceptual projects and large-scale installations, the work of Christoph Büchel repeatedly manipulates and exploits the perceived power of the social and legal contract, subverting the relationship between artist and audience while insisting on a more active political role for both. Often appropriating mass media sources such as the Internet, printed political pamphlets and everyday household objects, his complex installations immerse his audience in scenarios that are often physically demanding and psychologically unsettling. Cramped tunnels, claustrophobic chambers and frequent dead-ends induce feelings of panic and paranoia. In this sense, his works are explicitly political, exploring the unstable relationship between security and internment, placing visitors in the brutally contradictory roles of victim and voyeur, and referring to new forms of propaganda in an era of mediated war.


Christoph Büchel
Christoph Büchel
Basel, 1966

Past Exhibitions

Elevation 1049: Between Heaven And Hell

Gstaad 27/01/2014 — 08/03/2014

Europe – The Future History

Kunsthaus Zürich
12/06/2015 — 06/09/2015

Group Shows

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, ‘Extra Bodies – The Use of the “Ohter Body” in Contemporary Art’, Zurich, Switzerland
Marta Herford, ‘Revolution in red-yellow-blue. Gerrit Rietveld and contemporary art’, Herford, Germany
Imperial War Museum, ‘Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11’, London, England
Port25 – Raum für Gegenwartskunst, ‘Supercopy – World Copy’, Mannheim, Germany
S.M.A.K. The Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Verlust der Mitte. Curated by Christoph Büchel’, Ghent, Belgium
Kunstmuseum Basel, ‘Sculpture on the Move 1946-2016’, Basel, Switzerland
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Ideologue’, Salt Lake City/UT
Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, ‘Money, Good and Evil: A Visual History of the Economy’, Baden-Baden, Germany
Museum Haus Konstruktiv, ‘Thinking Outside the Box: The Museum Haus Konstruktiv Collection (1986 – 2016) and Guest Interventions’, Zurich, Switzerland
56th Biennale di Venezia, Icelandic Pavillion, Venice, Italy
Kunsthaus Zurich, ‘EUROPE The Future of History’, Zurich, Switzerland
Kunsthaus Zurich, ‘Sense Uncertainty: A Private Collection’, Zurich, Switzerland
The Lowry, ‘Extraordinary: Everyday objects & actions in contemporary art’, Manchester, United Kingdom
Museion, ‘Collecting for Tomorrow: New Works at Museion’, Bolzano, Italy
MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia
K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, ‘Unter der Erde’, Dusseldorf, Germany
MARTa Herford, ‘Showing its colors. What makes art’, Herford, Germany
Musée Rath, ‘M Selection. Collection du Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst’, Geneva, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, ‘Home! Sweet Home!’, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Swiss Institute, ‘A Sunday in the Mountains’, New York, New York
MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Economics in Art’, Krakow, Poland
Centre Pompidou-Metz, ‘Vues d’en haut (Views from Above)’, Metz, France
Kunsthaus Glarus, ‘Around 47° N, 9° E, ABOVE 800 MA.S.L., Excursions in the Glarus Alps, Works from the Collection of Glarner Kunstverein and more’, Glarus, Switzerland
Kunsthalle/Hala umenica Kosice, ‘Triennale de l’image contemporaine’, Kosica, Slovakia
Haubrokprojects, ‘Bald Eagle’, Berlin, Germany
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, ‘Collection on Display’, Zurich, Switzerland
Galeri Zilberman, ‘ENTROPY’, Istanbul, Turkey
Kunstraum pro arte, ‘Das Christoph Projekt’, Hallein, Austria
Palais de L’Athénée, ‘This is Your Life(2012)’, Geneva, Switzerland
Kunsthalle Fridericianum, ‘Produced by Migros’, Kassel, Germany
In association with S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, ‘TRACK’, Ghent, Belgium
Sammlung Falckenberg – Deichtorhallen, ‘No Desaster – Sammlung Haubrok zu Gast bei Sammlung, ‘Christoph Büchel’, Hamburg, Germany
Kamloops Art Gallery, ‘An Era of Discontent’, Kamloops, Canada
Piccadilly Community Centre, ‘Christoph Büchel’, London, England
Kunsthalle Fridericianum, ‘Produced by Migros’, Kassel, Germany
Berezdivin Collection Expacio 1414, ‘I Hate Karl Marx, Merry Christmas’, Santurce, Puerto Rico
Istituto Svizzero di Roma, ‘Christoph Büchel’, Rome and Venice, Italy
State Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Old Intersections – Make it New: The 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art’, Thessaloniki, Greece
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘3rd Herzliya Biennial: The Second Strike’, Herzliya, Israel
Kunsthalle Krems, ‘Zeit zu handeln!’, Krems, Austria
Maccarone Gallery, ‘After Shelley Duvall ’72 (Frogs on the High Line)’, New York NY
Tramway, ‘Last Man Out Turn Off The Lights’, Glasgow, Scotland
Wiener Secession, ‘Christoph Büchel’, Vienna, Austria
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, ‘Next Generation’, St. Gallen, Switzerland
The Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2010, Athens, Greece
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, ‘Return to Reason’, Istanbul, Turkey
GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, ‘Keep your Seat’, Turin, Italy
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, ‘Medium Religion’, Montreal, Canada
Casino Luxembourg, ‘EVERYDAY(S)’, Luxembourg, Luxe mbourg
Guggenheim Museum, ‘Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum’, New York NY
Rosenblum Collection & Friends, ‘Born in Dystopia’, Paris, France
Galerie Peter Kilchmann, ‘Die Nase des Michelangelo’, Zurich, Switzerland
Haus für Kunst Uri, ‘Edition 5 Erstfeld’, Altdorf, Switzerland
Espacio 1414, ‘It is it’, Santurce, Puerto Rico
Palais de Tokyo, ‘Chasing Napoleon’, Paris, France
Kunsthalle Wien, ‘1989. The End of History or Beginning of the Future?’, Vienna, Austria
Contemporary Art Center, ‘Shifting Identities’, Vilnius, Lithuania (Travelling Exhibition)
Model Arts and Niland Gallery, ‘Medium Religion’, Sligo, Ireland (Travelling Exhibition)
Palazzo Grassi / Punta della Dogana, ‘Mapping the Studio: Artists from the François Pinault Collection’, Venice, Italy
Kunsthaus Grenchen, ‘Three leap seconds later – Ankäufe aus der Bundeskunstsammlung 1998 – 2008’, Grenchen, Switzerland
Museum Industriekultur, ‘European Media Art Festival. Image Battles – 2000 Years of News from War’, Osna

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Basel Country of birth: Switzerland Date of birth: 1966