Not Vital (born 1948,Sent, Engadin, Switzerland) lives and works in Beijing (China), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Sent (Switzerland).
Text courtesy Galerie Urs Meile.
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 an Aztec temple but contained a deconstructed rendering of The Last Supper and a statue of a local harvest deity. 'That's why I'm so free to do...
At first blush, the decision by the Swiss artist Not Vital to build his latest installation–a concrete chapel set high on a windswept slope–in Bataan was entirely appropriate. Not far from this spot, in April 1942, the victorious Japanese army ordered around 76,000 Filipino and American POW soldiers to begin what eventually became known as the...
Director of FIAC, Jennifer Flay shares with AMA the spirit of this 43rd edition. AMA: What are the FIAC’s strengths this year? Jennifer Flay: We’re very proud of the creation of On Site, found inside and around the Petit Palais; we’ve given the project this name to distinguish it clearly from the Hors...
For a man who was born in the remote Swiss village of Sent, Not Vital is a seriously global sculptor. The nomadic artist has ongoing projects as far-flung as Rio de Janeiro, Bataan, Niger–and now Wakefield.
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 describes how his projects derive from moments in his own life.
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