Not Vital (b. 1948) is from the mountain village of Sent, located in the Engadin valley (Switzerland). He currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, and Sent. Vital studied art in Paris and Rome before moving to New York in 1976. Since 2000, his practice has expanded to include buildings such as houses, schools, towers, bridges and tunnels, which blur the boundaries between art and architecture. These constructions are permanent structures, many of which can be seen in his sculpture park in Sent—as well as in Belgium, Brazil, Indonesia, Niger and Patagonia. Vital has recently had solo exhibitions at: Museo d'Arte di Mendrisio, Mendrisio (2015), Musées d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva (2014); Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice (2013); Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2011); Museo Cantonale d'Arte di Lugano (2007); The Arts Club of Chicago (2006); and Kunsthalle Bielefeld (2005). In 2001 took part in the 49th Venice Biennale (curated by Harald Szeeman). His work is included in public collections around the world including: Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City; Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern; Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne; Musées d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia; The Museum of Modern Art, New York City; The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi.
Text courtesy Galeria Nara Roesler.
Not Vital is in the habit of stressing that he isn't an architect. 'I never went to architecture school,' he told me the last time we met in Bataan, where he'd just completed a chapel that resembled a
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An exhibition film showing interviews with Not Vital and Clare Lilley, YSP Director of Programme.
Swiss artist Not Vital is an intriguing example of how the gap between art and architecture is narrowing. The artist, who is renowned for his unorthodox architectural structures around the world, here