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b. 1948, Switzerland

John M Armleder Biography

John M Armleder is one of the most important and influential Swiss artists of his generation. With his stylistic breadth and vocabulary, he has created an inimitable universe of diverse works that oscillate fluidly between the fields of art, design, concept, geometry, Pop and Trash. His re-investigation of what art is, what art can do, and what art is allowed to do remains as vital now as it has been throughout his career.

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Armleder’s work has its origins in Fluxus, and particularly in that movement’s shared interest in chance and performance. Yet his work defies easy categorisation. Despite the influence of Fluxus attitudes and the artist’s passion for the musical compositions of John Cage, Armleder’s work has always resisted the manifesto, any form of theoretical attitudes or indeed, a social or political agenda.

The objects, installations, paintings, sculptures and performances he has created in recent years have always been eclectic in their nature and appearance. His paintings are often juxtaposed with furniture or design objects or hung on wallpaper of repeated motifs.

Through playful compositions the objects he presents are often completely divorced from any formal artistic concerns. He actively blurs the traditional notions of the support and the surface, of the subject and object and of high and low art, and challenges customary ways in which the viewer has come to perceive and experience modern and contemporary art and the nature of the places that have come to be used for its display.

John M Armleder Featured Artworks

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Délices by John M Armleder contemporary artwork
John M ArmlederDélices, 2018Mixed media on canvas
190 x 150 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Calcareus Sponge by John M Armleder contemporary artwork
John M ArmlederCalcareus Sponge, 2016Mixed media on canvas
225 x 280 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Ash by John M Armleder contemporary artwork
John M ArmlederAsh, 2019Mirrored acrylic, mirrored glass, disco balls, stainless steel spheres
David Kordansky Gallery Contact Gallery
(Spla)SH by John M Armleder contemporary artwork
John M Armleder(Spla)SH, 2019Acrylic on wall
180 x 672 inches
David Kordansky Gallery Contact Gallery
Etang by John M Armleder contemporary artwork
John M ArmlederEtang, 2018Mixed media on canvas
170 x 120 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Pruniers fleuris by John M Armleder contemporary artwork
John M ArmlederPruniers fleuris, 2018Mixed media on canvas
225 x 150 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Shin Ramyun by John M Armleder contemporary artwork
John M ArmlederShin Ramyun, 2016Left: Mixed media on canvas. Right: Acrylic on canvas
215 x 300 x 6 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
While by John M Armleder contemporary artwork
John M ArmlederWhile, 2016Mixed media on canvas
215 x 150 x 6 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery

John M Armleder Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Summer at Almine Rech, Paris
Closed
13 June–1 August 2020 Group Exhibition Summer Almine RechParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Spring at Almine Rech, Shanghai
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17 April–6 June 2020 Group Exhibition Spring Almine RechShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Pink Noise at Almine Rech, Brussels
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9 January–1 February 2020 Group Exhibition Pink Noise Almine RechBrussels

John M Armleder Represented By

Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium Almine Rech Brussels, London, New York, Paris, Shanghai

John M Armleder In Ocula Magazine

Paris Gallery Weekend: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Paris Gallery Weekend: Exhibitions to See By Tessa Moldan, Paris

Between 2 and 5 July 2020, Paris Gallery Weekend brings together the best of the city's art scene for its seventh edition. This Ocula Lowdown presents a selection of highlights to catch.

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Mega Galleries Hasten to Launch AR and VR Technologies Ocula News Mega Galleries Hasten to Launch AR and VR Technologies Milan, 15 April 2020

Massimo De Carlo, Hauser & Wirth, and Lisson Gallery are all promoting XR projects this month.

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John M Armleder In Related Press

'As Conceptual As It Gets': Fluxus Pioneer John Armleder Discusses His Bi-Coastal Restrospective Related Press 'As Conceptual As It Gets': Fluxus Pioneer John Armleder Discusses His Bi-Coastal Restrospective 18 January 2017, Forbes

'Intentions — I never have any, and if I had one, I'd be inclined to forget about it,' said the artist John Armleder Tuesday afternoon as he was putting the finishing touches on a retrospective of his work dating back to the early 1960s, opening Wednesday, January 18th at the Almine Rech Gallery on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Rather, the...

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The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes), a show by Éric Troncy Related Press The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes), a show by Éric Troncy 2 February 2015, Art Agenda

In 1991, in response to critiques of his exhibition No Man’s Time at Villa Arson in Nice, curator Éric Troncy wrote a letter to the editors of Flash Art, in which he argued that the exhibition had been “based on no particular concept,” thus locating it outside of any theoretical framework. Instead, he positioned the show in...

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