Olivier Mosset


Artists Bio:

Olivier Mosset (born 1944 in Bern, Switzerland) is a Swiss visual artist. He lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.

Olivier Mosset has spent considerable time in New York and Paris. In Paris in the 1960s he was a member of the BMPT (art group), along with Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier, and Niele Toroni. The group questioned notions of authorship and originality, implying that they often did each other’s works, and that the art object was more important than its authorship. As a young artist he was an assistant to both Jean Tinguely and Daniel Spoerri.
Later, in New York in the late 1970s, Olivier Mosset undertook a long series of monochrome paintings, during the heyday of Neo-expressionism. He became a founding member of the New York Radical Painting group, radical referring both to an implied radical social stance, as well as a returning to the radical “root” of painting. This re-assertion of social relevance for abstraction, and even the monochrome, hadn’t been emphasized to such a degree since Malevich and Rodchenko.
In the 1980s neo-geo artists, such as Peter Halley who asserted a socially relevant, critical role for geometric abstraction, cited Olivier Mosset as an influence.
In 2012 the artist created stage designs for a ballet, entitled Sous Apparence, at the Paris Opera Ballet.
Olivier Mosset is also well known for his sculptures. From 1993 onwards he has created Toblerones, which are meant to reference the Swiss anti-tank barrages (for which the candy is also named). He exhibited a large selection of his Toblerones at his 2003 retrospective at the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts in Lausanne. In 2003, Mosset also created a version of Toberlones in ice for Eispavillon in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, presented the following year in 2004, at Art Unlimited in Art Basel. In 2014 the artist re-created a version of his Toblerones in ice again for the Elevation 1049 exhibition in Gstaad.


Selected One-Person Exhibitions

2021- Olivier Mosset : This is (not) the last Cowboy Song, Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, Tucson.

2020 – Olivier Mosset. MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland. – Olivier Mosset. Gagosian, Geneva, Switzerland.

2019 – TUTU. Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland. – 2, 11, 47. Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, Bolzano, Italy.

2018 – Untitled. MAMO Centre d’art de la Cité Radieuse, Marseille, France.

2017 – Abstraction. Jean-Paul Najar Foundation, Dubai, UAE.

2016 – Nymphius Projekte, Berlin, Germany. – Olivier Mosset. Hunter College Art Galleries, New York, NY.

2015 – Plan B. Power Station, Dallas, TX. – Olivier Mosset. Koenig & Clinton, New York, NY.

2014 – The Kitchen Paintings. Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St Moritz, Switzerland. – Olivier Mosset. Shoot the Lobster, Luxembour City, Luxembourg. – TUM, MUTT, TUTU. Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France. – Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, France. – Galerie Guy Ledune, Brussels, Belgium.

2013 – Martos Gallery, New York, NY. – Olivier Mosset/Gunther Forg. Carlson Gallery, London, England
– Campoli Presti, London, UK
– Fakes, failures and walls, Musée régional d’art contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan, France
– Circles and Stripes, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich
– Galerie Lange + Pult, Auvernier, Switzerland

2012 – Sous Apparence (ballet de Marie-Agnès Gillot), Opéra National de Paris – Palais Garnier, Paris
– Leaving the Museum, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich
– Art Basel 43’12, Art Unlimited, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Switzerland.
– LACMA, Los Angeles, USA
– Artiste invite du Salon de Montrouge, France

2011 – Born in Bern, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland
– Leo Koenig Gallery, New York, USA
– BRMC, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich
– Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY
– Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010 – A step backwards / Bob’s kitchen…, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France

2009 – Portrait de l’artiste en motocycliste, Magasin Grenoble, France
– Galerie Une, Auvernier-Neuchatel, Switzerland
– Eric Linard, La Garde Adhemar, France
– Museo d’Arte, Mendrisio, Tessin, Switzerland
– New paintings, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich
– Galerie Patrick Debrock, Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium
– Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Brussels
New Paintings, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zürich
Museo Mendrisio, Tessin, Switzerland

2008 – Zane Bennett contemporary art, Santa Fe, NM
– Doart Gallery, Beijing
– Galerie Ledune, Brussels
– Whitney Biennale, New York, NY
– Museum of Modern Art, St.Louis, MO

2007 – Chapelle du Carmel, Chalon-sur-Saône, France
– Villa Tamaris Centre d’Art, La Seyne sur Mer, France
– Galerie de la Tete d’Obsidienne, La Seyne sur Mer, France
– Ecole des Beaux-arts, Rennes, France
– Galerie Art & Essai, Rennes, France
– Espace d’Art Contemporain Fernet Branca, Saint Louis, France
– Espace d’Art Contemporain, Saint Restitut, France
– Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY
– Ten Monochromes, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich
– Indian Larry, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY
– Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006 – Windows , Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
– Galerie de Multiples, Paris, France
– Kyle Jenkins – Project Space, Amsterdam – Maison de la Culture, Saint- Restitut, France
– Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, France
– La Salle de bains, Lyon, France
– Carre Saint Vincent, Scène Nationale, Centre d’Arts contemporains, Orléans,
– Spencer Brownstone, New York, NY

2005 – Monochromes, Galerie Une, Auvernier-Neuchâtel, Switzerland
– Galerie Incognito, Paris, France
– Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich
– Last Run at Montriond 14, Circuit, passage Montriond 14, Lausanne
– Les Halles, Porrentruy, Switzerland

2004 – House of Art, Budovice, Czech Republic
– Paintings, Ausstellungsraum Ursula Werz, Tübingen
– Dipinti e stampe, Galleria Palladio, Lugano
– Skopia, Art Contemporain, Geneve, Switzerland
– Carre d’Art, Nimes, France
– Galerie Susanna Kulli, Zurich

2003 – Galerie Guy Ledune, Brussels
– Galerie Une, Neuchatel-Auvernier, Switzerland
– Kunstverein St. Gallen Kunstmuseum, Saint Gallen, Switzerland
– Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne
– Mosset/Clarac, la Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec, France
– University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

2002 – Spencer Brownstone gallery, New York, NY
– Peintures et multiples, Galerie Une, Neuchatel-Auvernier, Switzerland
– Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia
– 300 Türen portes porte portas, Schweizerische Landesbibliothek, Bern

2001 – Grunert & Gasser Gallery, New York, NY
– Blains Fine Arts, London
– Anselm Dreher, Berlin
– Ma Galerie, Fabien Friederich, Geneve

2000 – Le Spot, Studio d’art contemporain, Le Havre, France
– L’Eden Cinema, Espace Oskar Niemeyer, Le Havre, France
– Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
– Skopia, Art contemporain

1999 – Galerie Susanna Kulli, St. Gallen, Switzerland
– Centro D’Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona, Switzerland
– Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, Germany
– Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY
– 24 Small Paintings, Bruno Bischofberger gallery, Zurich, – Galerie Gaxotte, Porrentruy, Switzerland
– Salon, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
– Exit, Lausanne
– Avec Cady Noland, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich

1998 – Galerie Eric Linard, la Garde Adhemar, France
– Galerie Martine & Thibaut de la Chatre, Paris
– Terrain, San Francisco, CA
– Dijon/Le Consortium. Centre George Pompidou, Paris

1997 – Regel und Abweichung, Haus fur konstruktive und konkrete Kunst, Zurich,
– Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris
– Galerie Guy Ledune, Brussels

1996 – Centre d’art Neuchatel, Neuchatel, Switzerland
– Musée d’art moderne et contemporain (MAMCO), Geneve
– Galerie Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Cologne, Germany
– Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam
– Galerie Susanna Kulli, St. Gallen, Switzerland
– Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan

1995 – Galerie de l’Ecole des beaux-arts, Quimper, France – Ecole Regionale des Beaux-Arts, Dunkerque, France
– FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France
– A.M.F. 3, MAMCO, Geneva
– Galerie Mark Muller, Zurich
– Chateau de Grand Jardin, Joinville, France

1992 – Bars Behind, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY
– Galerie Massimo de Carlo, Milan )

1991 – Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse, France
– Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York,
– Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
– Galerie Anselm Dreher, Berlin

1990–1991 – Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris

1990 – John Gibson Gallery, New York, NY
– Galerie Jean-Francois Dumont, Bordeaux
– Galerie Pierre Huber, Geneve
– Dart Gallery, Chicago, IL
– Galerie Tanit, Cologne, Germany
– Galerie Marika Malacorda, Geneva
– Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint Paul de Vence, France
– La Biennale de Venezia, 44eme Festival d’Art International, Swiss Pavilion, Venice,
– Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam
– Paolo Vitolo Arte Contemporanea, Roma
– Le carré libéré, Espace de l’art concret, Mouans-Sartoux, France