John Armleder

Artist

Born in Geneva in 1948, his work is based on his involvement with Fluxus in the 1960s and 1970s, when he created performance art pieces, installations and collective art activities

John Armleder (born in Geneva in 1948) is a Swiss performance artist, painter, sculptor, critic, and curator. His work is based on his involvement with Fluxus in the 1960s and 1970s, when he created performance art pieces, installations and collective art activities that were strongly influenced by John Cage. However, Armleder’s position throughout his career has been to avoid associating his artistic practice with any type of manifesto.

In 1969, with Patrick Lucchini and Claude Rychner, Armleder founded the Groupe Ecart in Geneva, from which stemmed the Galerie Ecart and its associated performance group and publications. The Groupe Ecartwas particularly important in Europe during the 1970s and 1980s, not only through its activity as an independent publishing house, but also because it introduced in Switzerland—and sometimes in Europe—a large number of notable artists, including Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol. Armleder was later associated with Neo-Geo artistic movement and was often referred to as the “darling” of the New York art critics in this period (1980s).

Armleder frequently examines the context in which art is displayed and views the exhibition as a medium in its own right. Since the 1990s, he has created installations, paintings, wall paintings, sculptures and what he calls Furniture Sculptures—installations that usually juxtapose furniture with monochrome or abstract paintings, either literally on the furniture or on a canvas hanging nearby. His work has varied greatly in form, and has, since the beginning, used chance as a method of producing the final forms that pieces take, much like John Cage. He often uses a dense scenographic hanging style, putting individual works into close proximity and creating installation-like exhibitions.

John Armleder

Past Exhibitions

On the Spiritual Matter of Art

Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo – MAXXI
17/10/2019 — 08/03/2019

Sanguine: Luc Tuymans on Baroque

Fondazione Prada, Milan
18/10/2018 — 25/02/2019

Collection David H. Brolliet, Geneva

Fondation Fernet-Branca
27/05/2018 — 30/09/2018

John Armleder: RCHX

Massimo De Carlo London
06/06/2017 — 28/07/2017

The Pagad

Massimo De Carlo
21/01/2016 — 26/03/2016

Solo Shows

2015
– It’s that Time of the Year, too, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany
– Charivari, John Armleder, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
– Jericho & works on paper (1969 – 1978), John Armleder, Galerie Susanna Kulli, Zurich, Switzerland

2014
– John M Armleder, Galerie Richard, New York, USA
– John M Armleder, Musée national Fernand Léger, Blot, France
– Scramble, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Vienna, Austria

2013
– Overload, John Armleder, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland
– John Armleder 1987-2012, Carlson Gallery, London, England
– John Armleder 2013, Carlson Gallery, London, England
– John Armleder, Nahmad Contemporary, New York, USA

2012
– Fungus Emulsion, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany
– Away, John Armleder, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland
– John M Armleder Selected Furniture Sculptures 1979 – 2012, Swiss Institute, New York, USA
– John Armleder and Ecart, Charles H. Scott Gallery / Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada
– 24 Years Ahead, John M Armleder, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam

2011
– Aztlan, John Armleder, Galerie ColletPark, Paris, France
– Away, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy, cat.
– Loud, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland
– I’m late, I’m late, I am running for a date, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland
– New Works, John M Armleder, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, England
– Late, John M Armleder, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Vienna, Austria
– Boule de feu volcanique, Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, Paris, France

2010
– John M Armleder leuchtet ein, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen / Lokremise, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Group Shows

2013
Passive Aggressive, Massimo De Carlo, Milano, IT
Snow Variation, Massimo De Carlo, London, UK
Eine Art Salon, Galerie Elizabeth & Klaus Thoman, Vienna, A
Rhythm in it, Aargauer Kunsthaus , Arau, CH
– In Motion, Claudius Ochsner & Serge Ziegler, Zürich, CH
– Island, Dairy Art Center, London, UK
– John Armleder, Barbara T. Smith, Jessica Warboys, ESSEX STREET, New York, USA
– Everywhere But Now, Central Exhibition at Biennale 4, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art,, Thessaloniki, GR
– Holes in the Walls. Early Works 1948-2013, Fri Art, Centre d’art de Fribourg, Fribourg, CH
– Der Schein. Glanz, Glamour, Illusion, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, D
– When Now is Minimal. Die unbekannte Seite der Sammlung Goetz, Neues Museum, Nürnberg, D
– Abstract Generation: Now in Print, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
– Collection on Display: John Armleder, Stefan Burger, Valentin Carron, Edward Krasinski, Manfred Pernice, Migrosmuseum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, CH
– Steven Parrino. Armleder, Barré, Buren, Hantaï, Mosset, Parmentier, Toroni, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, F
– Dynamo!, Grand Palais, Paris, F. Catalogo
– Artists’ Artists, CentrePasquArt, Biel, CH
– The System of Objects, The Dakis Joannou Collection, DESTE Foundation, Athens, GR
– Pièces Montrées, Frac Alsace, Fondation Fernet Brance, Saint Louis, F
– Play, the Frivolous and the Serious, Me Collectors Room, Sammlung Olbricht, Berlin, D
– Decorum, Musée de la Ville de Paris, Paris, F
2014
– Dans Un Interieur, Almine Rech Gallery, Parigi, Francia
– Food: Produire, Manger, Consommer, Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseilles, F
– Aus der Tiefe rufe ich zu Dir: Gotteserfahrung & Teufelsküche, Haus für Kunst Uri, Danioth Pavillon, Altdorf, CH
– Die andere Seite: Spiegel und Spiegelungen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Wien, AT
– Between Heaven and Hell, Elevation 1049, Gstaad, CH
– Biennale: 4, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessalonica, GR
– Food: Produire, Manger, Consommer, Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseilles, F
– Aus der Tiefe rufe ich zu Dir: Gotteserfahrung & Teufelsküche, Haus für Kunst Uri, Danioth Pavillon, Altdorf, CH
– Die andere Seite: Spiegel und Spiegelungen in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Wien, AT
– Between Heaven and Hell, Elevation 1049, Gstaad , CH
– Autour du Legs Berggreen, Mamac, Nice, F
– Serial Works, Specta Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
2015
 – John Armleder, Stephane Kropf, John Tremblay, with guests Mai-Thu Perret and Blair Thurman , David Kordanski Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
– Collections Genevoises, Musée Rath, Genève, CH
– Hands on Fabrics, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, NL
– Histoires de Peintres, Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint Paul de Vence, F
– Elementare Malerei, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Sankt Gallen, CH
– Accrochage, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, F
– Printmaking by ECAL, Musée Jenish, Vevey, CH
– Flowers for Paul, Gallerie Bo Bjergaard, Copenhagen, DK
– Idées Multiples, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, F
– Art en Plein Air, , Môtiers, CH
– 5 Jahre Schauwerk, , Sindelfingen, D
– Art Imprimé, Triennale 2015, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle, CH
– Ici et Maintenant. Kunst Heute, die Sammlung Gegenwartkunst, Kunstmuseum, Bern, CH
– Don’t Shoot The Painter, GAM, Milano, I