Swiss Institute presents Jean-Frederic Schnyder exhibition

The Swiss Institute present an exhibition of Jean-Frédéric Schnyder (born 1945, lives in Zug, Switzerland) in the United States on view through February 26, 2012. Despite his long and successful career the Swiss artist has remained relatively unknown beyond European borders.


Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, “Landscape XXV,” 1991. Oil on canvas, 8.3 x 11.8 inches. Courtesy Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau and Swiss Confederation, Federal Office of Culture, Bern.

At Swiss Institute, Schnyder exhibits Landschaft (Landscape) I-XXXV (1990–1991), a typical example of his vision of painting. After finding a subject, he examines every possibility in his imagination without making preparatory drawings. The common denominator of this series is the archetypal small house presented in 35 small format oil paintings. Schnyder’s approach is purely nonchalant, a balancing act between humor and kitsch; a persiflage about Western art.

Also on view is the film installation Corso Schnapsparade (Liquor Parade, 2009), an animated film featuring a highly eccentric procession. Small wooden horses pull trailers loaded with miniature versions of Swiss liquor bottles. Liquor Parade at once celebrates and ridicules festival culture and its rituals.

Guest Speakers
January 10, 2012 at 7PM
Massimiliano Gioni

January 24, 2012 at 7PM
Philipp Kaiser

January 26, 2012 at 2PM
David Rimanelli

The exhibition has been made possible with public funds from Kanton Zug. Special thanks to Eva Presenhuber Gallery, Zurich.

Swiss Institute
18 Wooster Street
New York, NY
www.swissinstitute.net

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